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Frog skin bacteria may help fight fungal infections in humans

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Panama City: Frog skin bacteria may help develop alternative drugs to treat fungal infections that are becoming more drug-resistant in humans, finds a study.

The study showed that Pseudomonas Cichorii — a bacteria with antifungal properties living on frog’s skins — can potentially inhibit the growth of Aspergillus Fumigatus (A. Fumigatus) — a fungus that causes invasive aspergillosis — an infectious disease — in humans with impaired immune system.

The research also holds promise for frogs, as the bacteria may help defy the chytridiomycosis epidemic, a major cause of disease-related deaths among amphibians worldwide, the researchers said.

“We are showing to the scientific community a set of possible alternative molecules to fight fungal drug resistance in humans,” said lead author Christian Martin, from the Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services in Panama.

“Although more studies are needed, our collaboration could spark interest in conservation of amphibians as a novel source of bioactive compounds in humans.

“For amphibians, this is a promising study because there are only four chemically described bacterial secondary metabolites that inhibit chytrid fungi,” Martin said.

 

Frog skin bacteria can cure fungal infections in humans beings:

 

For the study, published in Scientific Reports journal, the team travelled to the Chiriqui highlands in Panama, where the chytrid fungus, responsible for the disease chytridiomycosis, has severely affected amphibian populations.

They collected samples from seven frog species to find out what kind of skin bacteria they harboured.

In the laboratory, 201 bacterial strains were retrieved from the samples and tested against A. Fumigatus, in patients having an impaired immune system.

Of these, 29 showed antifungal activity, but particularly one bacterium called Pseudomonas Cichorii showed the greatest potential to inhibit the growth of A. Fumigatus.

“I consider that bioprospecting compounds from skin secretions or bacteria living in frog’s skins is just the beginning,” said scientist Roberto Ibanez from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City.

“This research has identified an antifungal compound produced by frog skin bacteria, which may be used to control pathogenic fungi affecting humans and amphibians. More research will be required to determine its potential medicinal use,” Ibanez said.

 

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Netaji’s slogan ‘Tum mujhe khoon do mai tumhe ajadi dunga ‘ is remembered every Independence Day

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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose not only instigated the young revolutionaries with his slogan but also made an unforgettable contribution and sacrifice in the freedom movement.

We remember Netaji’s slogan ‘You give me blood, I will give you freedom’ on every Independence Day. Netaji’s slogan rests on the tongue of every young revolutionary.

Apart from the slogan ‘You give me blood…’ there are other memorable things of Subhash Chandra Bose that give us the passion to live. His words reflect the reality of life.

Netaji reached Burma on 4 July 1944 with his Azad Hind Fauj. This was the place where he said the famous words “Give me blood, and I will give you freedom.

Famous thoughts of Netaji –

* Remember the biggest crime is to endure injustice and compromise with wrong. It is our duty to pay for our freedom with our blood.

* We should have the strength to protect the freedom that we get from our sacrifice and hard work.

* As a soldier you must always cherish and live up to three ideals: truth, duty and sacrifice.

* The soldier who is always loyal to his country, who is always ready to sacrifice his life, is invincible. If you also want to be invincible, then incorporate these three ideals into your heart.

* A person who does not have a craze can never become great. But inside it, there must be something else.

* Those who rely on their strength move forward and are injured with borrowed strength.

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