7 November 2017

Lipids influence how sick you get from a bacterial infection

Lipids appear to play an important role in infections. According to researchers from the University of Maastricht and the American University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in Baltimore, MD, USA, specific lipids can greatly accelerate bacterial infection. With the help of mass spectrometry imaging (MSI), researchers showed that specific mammalian lipids could also provide protection against the same infection. Their discovery offers hope for future treatment of vulnerable patients in hospitals or development of preventative treatments for travellers to risk areas in certain parts of the world. The findings of the research team, led by American researchers Dr. Robert Ernst and Dr. Alison Scott at UMB and Maastricht University Distinguished Professor Ron Heeren, were published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).