Urinary tract infections steal from hosts’ defense arsenals

Urinary tract infections steal from hosts' defense arsenals - Humans have known for centuries that copper is a potent weapon against infection. New research shows that the bacteria that cause serious urinary tract infections "know" this, too, and steal copper to prevent the metal from being used against them. Blocking this thievery with a drug may significantly improve patients' chances of fighting off infections, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Reference: Nature Chemical Biology, 2012; (10.1038/nchembio.1020)