Researchers identify how MRSA spreads within the body

A Taiwanese group of researchers has discovered one possible way methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is able to spread within the body, according to a report from Popular Science.

Unlike many bacteria, S. aureus does not possess the ability to migrate — it just grows in one spot by forming colonies. However, researchers have observed movement in MRSA in times of sepsis. The trick, according to the researchers, involves a combination of water extraction and the use of a biological detergent.

The study authors examined a group of molecules involved in bacterial growth known as phenol-soluble modulins. PSMs act as detergents, meaning they can break up bacteria into clumps when mixed with water, allowing the clumps to drift away and infect other parts of the body.

Ultimately, the preliminary findings provide considerable information for those concerned about bacterial spread. The study shows that when the bacteria find a place rich in water, such as underneath the skin, they will grow. Then, with the help of PSMs, they can spread.

To access the full study in the journal Scientific Reports, click here.



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