Antibiotics in mammals?

Graham Shepherd muhero at
Fri Nov 27 14:55:43 EST 1998

Stefanie Greve wrote in message <365B47A5.5E11 at>...
>Hi all!
>In our lab arose the following question:
>Do mammals produce antibiotics on their own?
>It was postulated that cows might have a mechanism which could inject
>"selfmade" antibiotics into MOs. This might be in coherence with wounds
>in the tongue due to feeding on gramineaceae and similar "cutting"
>I hope everybody understands what I am intending to say. To me the
>thingie seems to be quite improbable.
>Are antibiotics to be made by MOs or by chemical means in order to be
>called antibiotics? Is any microbicid or microbistatic molecule called
>an antibiotic regardless of origin?
>I have already looked it up in
>Singleton/Sainsbury, Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology,
>2. Ed., Wiley
>but am still quite clueless in regard of these questions.
>Many thanks in advance

Lysozyme in tears and egg whites for one


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