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A new antibiotic kills pathogens without detectable resistance

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, January 2015
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Title
A new antibiotic kills pathogens without detectable resistance
Published in
Nature, January 2015
DOI 10.1038/nature14098
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Authors

Losee L. Ling, Tanja Schneider, Aaron J. Peoples, Amy L. Spoering, Ina Engels, Brian P. Conlon, Anna Mueller, Till F. Schäberle, Dallas E. Hughes, Slava Epstein, Michael Jones, Linos Lazarides, Victoria A. Steadman, Douglas R. Cohen, Cintia R. Felix, K. Ashley Fetterman, William P. Millett, Anthony G. Nitti, Ashley M. Zullo, Chao Chen, Kim Lewis

Abstract

Antibiotic resistance is spreading faster than the introduction of new compounds into clinical practice, causing a public health crisis. Most antibiotics were produced by screening soil microorganisms, but this limited resource of cultivable bacteria was overmined by the 1960s. Synthetic approaches to produce antibiotics have been unable to replace this platform. Uncultured bacteria make up approximately 99% of all species in external environments, and are an untapped source of new antibiotics. We developed several methods to grow uncultured organisms by cultivation in situ or by using specific growth factors. Here we report a new antibiotic that we term teixobactin, discovered in a screen of uncultured bacteria. Teixobactin inhibits cell wall synthesis by binding to a highly conserved motif of lipid II (precursor of peptidoglycan) and lipid III (precursor of cell wall teichoic acid). We did not obtain any mutants of Staphylococcus aureus or Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistant to teixobactin. The properties of this compound suggest a path towards developing antibiotics that are likely to avoid development of resistance.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 81 2%
United Kingdom 36 <1%
Germany 30 <1%
Denmark 12 <1%
India 11 <1%
Spain 11 <1%
Brazil 10 <1%
France 10 <1%
Switzerland 9 <1%
Other 69 2%
Unknown 4147 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 1084 24%
Student > Bachelor 784 18%
Researcher 739 17%
Student > Master 642 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 220 5%
Other 652 15%
Unknown 305 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1679 38%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 704 16%
Chemistry 493 11%
Medicine and Dentistry 317 7%
Immunology and Microbiology 237 5%
Other 552 12%
Unknown 444 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2750. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 June 2020.
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#727
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Outputs from Nature
#110
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Outputs of similar age
#11
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#3
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