Membrane vesicles – promising targets for intervention?

Researchers from UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Detection of Antimicrobial Resistance – University Hospital of North-Norway and UmeĆ„ University have described for the first time that Enterococcus faecium produce membrane vesicles (MVs). MVs from clinically relevant E. faecium strains contain virulence factors and antimicrobial resistance related proteins which implies that E. faecium MVs may be utilized by the bacterium to release proteins promoting virulence, pathogenicity and antimicrobial resistance.

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