Scientists from Johns Hopkins University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Texas have revealed an interesting discovery that will allow further research into stopping this elusive pathogen that causes Lyme Disease.
It is known that all organisms require iron to make essential proteins and enzymes in order to survive. However, Borrelia burgdorferi has been discovered to not use iron at all! Instead, they require manganese where one would expect to find iron. Because of this, the Borrelia pathogens are able to go undetected by our immune systems. Our defense mechanism is to starve pathogens of iron, but with no need for iron, these pathogens can continue to grow unharmed in our bodies.
With this discovery, scientists can now focus on better ways to attack and destroy Borrelia burgdorferi by targeting manganese instead of iron!
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