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Insect gene allows reproductive organs to cope with harmful bacteria

May. 17, 2018—Bordenstein’s team studied Nasonia parasitic wasps, which are about the size of a sesame seed, and they serve as one of the best models to dissect and characterize the evolution of insect genomes.

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Lighting up iron levels

Jan. 11, 2018—A new probe enables iron imaging in living animals, providing a unique tool for studying iron’s contributions to health and disease.

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Sugars in human mother’s milk are non-toxic antibacterial agents

Aug. 20, 2017—A new study has found that sugars in mother's' milk do not just provide nutrition for babies but also help protect them from bacterial infections.

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Predicting the infection response

Apr. 19, 2017—Vanderbilt investigators are probing the response to a bacterial toxin as a clinical assessment of immune function.

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Bacterial signaling systems

Feb. 3, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a unique example of communication between bacterial signaling systems, which may have relevance for antibiotic resistance.

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Slight chemical change may improve TB treatments: study

Feb. 11, 2016—One small chemical change to an existing antibacterial drug results in a compound that is more effective against its target enzyme in tuberculosis, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Immune tolerance in endothelial cells

Jan. 7, 2016—Inducing “tolerance” to bacterial toxins in the endothelial cells that line blood vessels may offer a new approach for preventing the negative consequences of sepsis.

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Vanderbilt chemist part of major microbiome research initiative

Nov. 4, 2015—Vanderbilt chemist helps craft call for major new research initiative to increase our understanding of the invisible world of microbes that surround us.

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Detect and defend against pathogens

Nov. 4, 2015—Understanding factors, such as the receptor TLR9, that detect and defend against pathogens may lead to therapeutic approaches that promote an effective immune response to treat infections.

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Creating bacterial ‘fight clubs’ to discover new drugs

Jun. 29, 2015—Chemists Brian Bachmann and John McLean have shown that creating bacterial "fight clubs" is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs.

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Study identifies C. diff toxin receptor, suggests new treatment approaches

Jun. 4, 2015—Vanderbilt University investigators have identified a cellular receptor for a toxin from Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”) — the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea in the United States.

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Preventing early pregnancy complications

May. 20, 2015—The enzyme alkaline phosphatase may provide a new therapeutic option for women at high risk of pregnancy complications due to bacterial toxin exposure.

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