Green tea plants can counter tuberculosis

A new antioxidant found in the green tea plant by a team of researchers at the University of Singapore (NUS) is promising to fight tuberculosis. This is announced by the same team of scientists, who have collaborated with other international researchers including some Americans and New Zealanders, after carrying out laboratory investigations and after discovering that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) can inhibit the growth of a particular strain of bacteria underlying the same tuberculosis in humans.

All this compound does is bind to a particular enzyme which provides energy for the cellular activity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. By lowering the amount of this energy supplied to the bacteria, they can no longer grow as they should because they can no longer form their cell walls. The study was published in Scientific Reports and the researchers themselves have filed a patent for the possible use of EGCG as a treatment method for tuberculosis.

The compound could in fact be used to create new drugs to treat this disease, which is one of the most serious and deadly in the world, particularly in Southeast Asia, an area where 4 million new cases are detected every year. Currently, tuberculosis drugs are proving less and less effective due to the increasing resistance of bacteria. Researchers therefore hope that better results can be achieved by inhibiting their growth at the cellular level.

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