The bacterial strain used in last year’s anthrax attack was sensitive to the antibiotic Cipro (ciprofloxacin). Had the anthrax strain been antibiotics-resistant, the damage would have been far more devastating.
A research team led by Dr. Vincent Fischetti of Rockefeller University has discovered that a bacterial phage protein lysin PlyG can kill anthrax bacteria highly effectively, regardless of whether or not the bacterium is resistant to antibiotics (Schuch R. et al., Nature 418:884-889, Aug. 22, 2002). PlyG is a key enzyme of bacteriophage γ that naturally lyses the bacteria from within. Dr. Fischetti’s team found that it is also effective in killing ... Read more