A Chilean avocado may contain the secret to fighting aggressive, antibiotic-resistant infections in hospitals all over the world.
A natural substance found in the Chilean rainforest fruit blocks yellow staphylococci bacteria's ability to reject antibiotics. These specific bacteria are the most common cause of infection in wounds from an operation. They develop a resistance particularly quickly - strains that do not respond to treatment have already been found in the USA and Greece.
PhD student Jes Gitz Holler, from the University of Copenhagen, worked with the Mapuche people in Chile to make the discovery.
said: 'I have discovered a natural substance in a Chilean avocado plant
that is active in combination treatment with traditional antibiotics. Resistant
bacteria have an efflux pump in their bacterial membrane that
efficiently pumps out antibiotics as soon as they have gained access. I
have identified a natural substance that inhibits the pumping action,
so that the bacteria's defence mechanisms are broken down and the
antibiotic treatment allowed to work,' explains Jes Gitz Holler.
Source - Daily Mail