Antibiotics in mammals?

Graham Shepherd muhero at globalnet.co.uk
Fri Nov 27 14:55:43 EST 1998


Stefanie Greve wrote in message <365B47A5.5E11 at tu-bs.de>...
>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"
>plants.
>
>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
>
>Stefanie

Lysozyme in tears and egg whites for one

GS





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