Published in Drug Law Weekly, January 16th, 2007
The first is a "magnetic" weapon - a natural antibiotic produced by all organisms. Because these antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are positively charged, they are attracted to the bacteria's negatively charged surface like a magnet, where they can then exert their antibacterial effects. The second, "detergent-like" weapon - called a lipopeptide - is produced only by bacteria and...
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