21 Feb '12, 11am

Avocado compound helps fight hospital bacteria

Avocado compound helps fight hospital bacteria

Staphylococcus; Credit: Shutterstock A plant compound has been discovered that helps antibiotics fight the troublesome Staphylococcus infection. The substance taken from the Chilean avocado plant is effective in combating Staphylococcus aureus - commonly called yellow or golden staph - when used alongside antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus is the biggest source of infection following an operation. The compound was found by Danish PhD researcher Jes Gitz Holler. The University of Copenhagen student explains, "Resistant bacteria have an efflux pump in their bacterial membrane that efficiently pumps out antibiotics as soon as they have gained access. The identified natural substance inhibits the pumping action, so that the bacteria's defence mechanisms are broken down and the antibiotic treatment allowed to work." The discovery is particularly welcome as virulent infections a...

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