Antibiotics from a 'molecular pencil sharpener' -- COMPAMED Trade Fair

Antibiotics from a 'molecular pencil sharpener'

11/03/2017

Image: Depiction of a "molecular pencil sharpener"; Copyright: Dmitry Ghilarov/Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and David Lawson/John Innes Centre

In this depiction of a "molecular pencil sharpener," the pentagons are chemicals that make a "warhead" toxic once it is "sharpened" by Tld - bacterial proteins. The proteins are inactive until a "leader" - the pencil wood surrounding the graphite in this portrayal - is removed.