Gator Blood Protein Could Treat Burn Patients MRSA And Diabetes Ulcers That Lead To Amputations – Could Also Help in AIDS

Gator Blood Protein Could Treat Burn Patients MRSA And Diabetes Ulcers That Lead To Amputations – Could Also Help in AIDS

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(Best Syndication) Doctors are always looking for help in fighting drug resistant illnesses, and new research suggests that alligator blood may hold the key to some of these infections. Biochemists in Louisiana reported at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society that a protein in the gator blood could be a source for “powerful” antibiotics.

It was already known that alligators have a very strong immune system, but this is the first study to investigate the antimicrobial activity of alligator blood in detail. They found that the gator’s antibiotic proteins are especially lethal to fungi, viruses, and bacteria without having prior exposure to them. The proteins are very adept at fighting Candida albicans yeast infections, which are a serious problem in AIDS patients and transplant recipients, who have a weakened immune system.

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So why is alligator blood so effective? The scientists believe that it has something to do with their evolutionary adaptation to promote quick wound healing. The animals are often injured in fights with other alligators. Crocodile blood may hold similar properties.

Study co-author Mark Merchant, Ph.D., a biochemist at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La said “We’re very excited about the potential of these alligator blood proteins as both antibacterial and antifungal agents. There’s a real possibility that you could be treated with an alligator blood product one day.”

In laboratory tests, the biochemists extracted white blood cells from the proteins. These cells, also called leucocytes, were effective at killing a wide range of bacteria, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). They used tiny amounts of these leucocytes extracted from American alligators.

This is an important finding because MRSA is spreading throughout the US hospital system, and there are fewer drugs that are effective against it. But the research could lead to effective treatments for other ailments, and the blood may contain at least four promising substances.

It may be possible to develop a crème that could be used to treat foot ulcers of patients with diabetes. This could help prevent the type of uncontrolled infections that lead to amputations. The research could also lead to a way to prevent infections in patients suffering from burns.

It is hoped that treatments will be available within seven to ten years. In the mean time, don’t apply the raw alligator blood to your skin. The researchers warn that this could cause sickness and maybe even death.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer

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