Endogenous antibiotic discovered in the brain

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 11:00 in Biology & Nature

Scientists have discovered that immune cells in the brain can produce a substance that prevents bacterial growth: namely itaconic acid. Until now, biologists had assumed that only certain fungi produced itaconic acid.Scientists have now shown that even so-called microglial cells in mammals are also capable of producing this acid.

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