Natural antimicrobial kills Lyme disease bacteria

2021-10-21

Hygromycin A, a naturally occurring antimicrobial in soil, does not kill most pathogenic bacteria, but it does disrupt replication of spirochetes, including Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease, according to a study in Cell. The antimicrobial does not appear to disrupt the gut microbiome to the same extent as broad spectrum antibiotics, and it could be the basis for both a new Lyme disease treatment and an eradication strategy, researchers say.

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