Scientists have discovered an interesting fact. Zinc can successfully deal with streptococcal infection. In particular, this applies to the main causative agent of pneumonia, according to researchers from the University of Kinsenda and Adelaide. Streptococcus is the cause of death of over a million people. It causes pneumonia, which affects the lungs and bronchi, difficult breathing, leads to intoxication and respiratory failure. The most severe cases capture the entire area of the lungs and often fatal, according to eScience.
It's all in the functioning and life cycle of the bacterium Streptococcus Pneumoniae. For a full life she needed to manganese. Zinc is able to block the carrier proteins of the bacteria, which deprives it of the necessary trace elements. As a result of bacteria will soon perish. This discovery inspired the enthusiasm of scientists, because zinc can be an excellent basis for the development of new antibiotics against pneumonia.
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Protein PsaBCA uses mechanisms that bind manganese and carry it inside bacterial cells. Elevated concentrations of zinc does not allow to fully implement this process, as it replaces magnesium in the reaction. Manganese provides protective properties of Streptococcus, and in the absence of bacterial colonies become easy prey for their destruction by the immune system.