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Checkpoints in the bacterial cell cycle: role of the cytokinetic Z-ring and implications for antibiotic resistance

Project description

Hitting bacteria where it hurts

Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium that might very well be living on your skin or in your nose but causing no harm. However, these bacteria can turn deadly if they find their way into your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs, or heart. Staph infections cause food poisoning, septicaemia, toxic shock syndrome, and even septic arthritis. Notorious for its ability to become resistant to antibiotics, Staphylococcus aureus is an excellent model system to elucidate the mechanisms of antibiotic tolerance. CheckBacZ is using high-tech methods to evaluate the different stages of this bacteria's cell cycle to find ways to make them vulnerable to drugs.


Net EU contribution
€ 147 815,04
Campus De Campolide
1099 085 Lisboa

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Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00