A single, unusual sugar-amino acid molecule feeds potent Salmonella

Salmonella Bacteria 

Salmonella’s Achilles’ heel: Reliance on single food source to stay potent
[Via Eureka! Science News – Popular science news]

Scientists have identified a potential Achilles’ heel for Salmonella – the bacteria’s reliance on a single food source to remain fit in the inflamed intestine


The nutrient – fructose-asparagine – is required for Salmonella to provoke what we call food poisoning. Blocking this nutrient may help alleviate 42,000 incidents a year.

Salmonella can be 10,000 times less fit if it does not have access to this nutrient. A surprising result but something that may well help us dealign with this illness.