Sea sponges are inhabited by bacteria that produce various compounds. This has been known to scientists for a long time. Recently, it turned out that the sponges themselves are capable of creating one useful group of compounds. The results of this study were presented on March 20, 2022 at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Also Ph.D. Vikram Shende, together with laboratory students Vivian Lin and Samantha Hanauer, was able to extract new compounds from 13 San Diegan sea sponges. These substances (brominated peptides) are able to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Now experts are studying whether the resulting compounds can be used as antibiotics.
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