Facile accelerated specific therapeutic (FAST) platform develops antisense therapies to counter multidrug-resistant bacteria

  13 March 2021

Multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria pose a grave concern to global health, which is perpetuated by a lack of new treatments and countermeasure platforms to combat outbreaks or antibiotic resistance. To address this, we have developed a Facile Accelerated Specific Therapeutic (FAST) platform that can develop effective peptide nucleic acid (PNA) therapies against MDR bacteria within a week. Our FAST platform uses a bioinformatics toolbox to design sequence-specific PNAs targeting non-traditional pathways/genes of bacteria, then performs in-situ synthesis, validation, and efficacy testing of selected PNAs. 

Further reading: Communications Biology
Author(s): Kristen A. Eller, Thomas R. Aunins, Colleen M. Courtney, Jocelyn K. Campos, Peter B. Otoupal, Keesha E. Erickson, Nancy E. Madinger & Anushree Chatterjee
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