News tagged with sugar molecule

Biofilms—the eradication has begun

Have you ever heard of biofilms? They are slimy, glue-like membranes that are produced by microbes, like bacteria and fungi, in order to colonize surfaces. They can grow on animal and plant tissues, and even inside the human ...

dateJun 22, 2017 in Cell & Microbiology
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Sweet compounds aid water retention in dry soil

Organic material added by plant roots and microbes provides nutritious candy for the soil. Literally. Released cellular sugar fortifies water and nutrient retention, and maintains the porous earth, according to new Cornell ...

dateMay 10, 2017 in Environment
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Bacterial Pac Man molecule snaps at sugar

Many pathogens use certain sugar compounds from their host to help conceal themselves against the immune system. Scientists at the University of Bonn have now, in cooperation with researchers at the University of York in ...

dateJan 10, 2017 in Cell & Microbiology
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Novel technique helps ID elusive molecules

Among the most important molecules in the living world are sugars or carbohydrates, which play a vital role in life processes. Sugars provide the main source of fuel for the body, protect muscles from damage and contribute ...

dateDec 21, 2016 in Biochemistry
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Why pneumococci affect primarily humans

A special variant of a sugar molecule in the human nose might explain why pneumococcal infections are more common in humans than in other animals, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report in a study published ...

dateSep 01, 2016 in Cell & Microbiology
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The unique biology of human breast milk

Humans may have the most complex breast milk of all mammals. Milk from a human mother contains more than 200 different sugar molecules, way above the average 30-50 found in, for example, mouse or cow milk. The role of each ...

dateApr 19, 2016 in Biochemistry
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