Compounds from scorpion venom may help treat bacterial infections

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Boston, Jun 11 (PTI) Scientists have discovered two colour-changing compounds in scorpion venom that could help fight bacterial infections such as drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The researchers from National University of Mexico and Stanford University in the US isolated the compounds in the venom of Diplocentrus melici -- a scorpion native to Eastern Mexico.

They also synthesised the compounds in the lab and verified that the lab-made versions killed staphylococcus and drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria in tissue samples and in mice.

The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, highlight the potential pharmacological treasures awaiting discovery in the toxins of scorpions, snakes, snails and other poisonous creatures.