Researchers map tuberculosis pathogen

Researchers in Switzerland have successfully mapped coordinates for all proteins of the tuberculosis pathogen Mycobaterium turberculosis.

Until now, scientists have had to determine single protein coordinates themselves. This is no longer the case as researchers have created a proteome “atlas” that contains the coordinates of every protein within the tuberculosis pathogen.

The team of researchers determined coordinates for 4,000 proteins and discovered an additional 22 previously unknown proteins in the process.

The recorded coordinates are so precise that tuberculosis proteins can now also be traced in a complex mixture of proteins, such as a blood or tissue sample. This improves diagnostic methods, allowing the infection to be detected and treated as early as possible.

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