Bacteriophages – A newly discovered cause of Strep Throat
The specialists at Rockefeller University performed a complicated medical research which has the main result, the identification of another possible cause of strep throat: a bacteriophage. The organism thus far failed that eats bacteria seems to cause not only strep throat, but also many other conditions that bacterial. This is a surprising finding, because the main role of bacteriophages is to infect and destroy a wide variety of bacteria, thus also of group A hemolytic streptococcus bacteria, the cause of strep throat.
Researchers responsible for some of bacteriophage cases of strep throat, the results of their series of studies contradicting the traditional belief that bacteriophages do not produce infections within the human body. Making them responsible for diseases like strep throat seems to be that they appear to transfer between bacteria toxins. This discovery is very important because it gives the answer to the question of why some of these patients that test positive for group A hemolytic streptococcus bacteria have no symptoms of strep throat and the other to develop the disease and one of its complications.
Bacteriophages are viral microorganisms that appear to alter the normal function of a benign variety of bacteria, as is the case with E – coli that has been proven to have a function that causes the malignant ulcer, although that its normal role is to protect the intestinal flora of the external invasions. The study of bacteriophages can help identify a treatment for diseases caused by altered bacterial functions.
Researchers consider strep throat that will be generated by a lysogenic conversion, a process in which a bacteriophage carries a toxin to Group A hemolytic streptococcus, turning what was supposed to be a harmless microorganism which generates a different hazardous conditions. A key component of saliva, SPIF, lysogenic conversion is easier and faster because it produces the mobilization of bacteriophages.
In mice, bacterium seems to be able to convert non-toxicogen agents and non-infectious toxigenic infectious agents in the presence of a bacteriophage that carries a toxin in its structure. The conversion is made through the very touch. The studies concluded that the phage must also be controlled to treat diseases caused by lysogenic conversion whose previous treatment only focused on bacteria such as group A streptococcus bacteria in hemolytic strep throat.