Poring over pain

Hijacking pores formed by bacterial toxins to treat pathogen-induced pain

Harvard Medical School researchers have figured out how to hijack the pores formed by bacterial toxins on nerves to deliver normally membrane-impermeable compounds into the cells and treat pain the pathogens cause.

While the January study in Nature Communications, led by Clifford Woolf and Isaac Chiu, focused on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the therapeutic strategy could extend to a wide range of bacterial infections.


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