Short description
Daptomycin is an antibiotic of last resort that is used to treat infections with gram-positive MRSA.

Detailed description

Daptomycin is extracted from a soil bacterium and is approved for the therapy of complicated skin infections and soft tissue infections as well as of certain inflammations of the endocardium. DZIF scientists solved the mode of action, which was unknown for a long time: The substance disrupts assembly of the bacterial cell wall and the bacteria, deprived of their protective coat, die.