Coenzyme Rare To Bacteria Critical To Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Survival

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 13:35 in Health & Medicine

Coenzyme F420 is common in archaea, some of which thrive in extreme environments, but rare in bacteria. However, it also helps the bacterium that causes tuberculosis to survive the defenses of the human immune system. Scientists have now discovered at least one way F420 helps to arm the pathogen.

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