U-M researchers learn how bleach kills bacteria
Author(s): J. Winter, M. Ilbert, P.C.F. Graf, D. Özcelik, U. Jakob
Associate Professor Ursula Jakob and her lab group have recently discovered how bleach kills bacteria! While chlorine bleach is popular disinfectant, scientists never have understood exactly how the product kills bacteria.
In a study published in the November 14th issue of the journal Cell, molecular biologist Ursula Jakob describes a mechanism by which hypochlorite, the active ingredient of household bleach, attacks essential bacterial proteins, working its antimicrobial magic and ultimately killing the bugs. Associate Professor Jakob's findings are not only important for understanding how bleach keeps our kitchen countertops sanitary, but they may lead to insights into how we fight off bacterial infections.
Name of Periodical: Cell
Volume Number: 135
Issue Number: 4
Year of Publication: 2008