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Compound Isolated From Medicinal Plant Kills Brain-Eating Amoebae in the Lab – Technology Networks

Researchers report in ACS Chemical Neuroscience that a compound isolated from the leaves of a traditional medicinal plant, Inula viscosa, kills a “brain-eating”…

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Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a deadly disease caused by the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri, is becoming more common in some areas of the world, and it has no effective treatment. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Chemical Neuroscience have found that a compound isolated from the leaves of a traditional medicinal plant, Inula viscosa or false yellowhead, kills the amoebae by causing them to commit cell suicide in lab studies, which could lead to new treatments.
PAM, characterized…

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