Alternative to antibiotics for treating UTIs uses body’s own cell defense mechanism – ResearchGate Blog

The process cells use to secrete chemicals also appears to be the way to clear them of UTI causing bacteria, according to a study published in Immunity by researchers from Duke Health and Duke National University of Singapore Medical School. We spoke with Yuxuan Phoenix Miao about a novel approach for UTI treatment boosting the body’s export ability.

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Interestingly this work also has implications for cancer stem-like cells as these cells have highly active efflux systems which make them drug-resistant. The aim of research in this case would of course be inverse – to shut down the efflux systems.

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