Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health


January 13, 2016

Not going with the flow: how bacteria take hold to infect the urinary tract

Researchers at the University of Virginia and the Birkbeck Institute in London used a cryo-electron microscope to identify spring-like appendages on E. coli that allow it to withstand fluid flow and establish infection in the urinary tract. The researchers say the identification of the coil-like anchor is a major step toward devising new drugs and vaccines to block the bacteria that cause 90 percent of urinary tract infections. Read more and watch the video at UVA School of Medicine News.