Columbia University finds immune response for two spore strains in one strain of C. difficile

At 14.12 UTC, the difference between the spotted C difficile and the double anaerobic strain was about one third the size that is expected for an aiboresis. The one immunosuppressant antibody found with C…

Columbia University finds immune response for two spore strains in one strain of C. difficile

At 14.12 UTC, the difference between the spotted C difficile and the double anaerobic strain was about one third the size that is expected for an aiboresis.

The one immunosuppressant antibody found with C difficile, called USCID-19, had a different immune reaction depending on the strain, suggesting that this immunosuppressant antibody may be altered by the type of C difficile that it is being fought.

Columbia University is leading the US investigation with Loyola University in Chicago and Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. The team is hopeful that their findings will shed new light on the cause of this particular C difficile problem and point to some possible targets for new drugs.

This letter and database page contain a summary of what we know about this outbreak.

Updated in January 21: Chemical reactions are already being used to investigate different molecules that may play a role in causing or controlling the spore’s growth.

Note: This article does not purport to present a scientific opinion.

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