UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Scientists at the University of Latrobe, Australia, said that the protein found in an ornamental tobacco plant has anti-infectious properties.
MedicalXpress reports that infectious diseases include those caused by Staphylococcus aureus, HIV / AIDS and Zika fever virus.
The detailed images showing the atomic structure of tobacco showed that NaD1 peptide destroys the outer layer of Candida albicans.
This mechanism differs from how antibiotics work, which the fungus starts to resist.
According to researchers, infection is one of the major problems in health care, because it causes the world’s death toll.
This is expected to increase over the next 30 years due to the spread and increase of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
A group of researchers announced in 2014 that NaD1 peptide is capable of destroying cancer cells as well. In addition, the process of making other molecules with antifungal properties is carried out in decorative tobacco flowers.