Scientists in South African have discovered a new bacterium that’s an extreme example of a rare compound that can cause disease.
The bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, is also one of the most common bacteria in the world.
This bacterium is called a psilocybin-producing bacterium because it produces a psychedelic chemical called psilocin.
The bacteria is an example of the psilochronomatosis group of bacteria, a family of bacteria that includes several strains of the so-called “magic mushroom” mushroom.
The new bacteria was discovered by a team of researchers led by Dr. Michael Sankul, a professor of molecular biology at the University of Pretoria.
“This is the first bacterium from South Africa to produce a psychedelic compound, which means it’s a rare and very unusual compound,” said Dr. Sankult.
The psilosopher is very unique in that it is a compound that is highly effective against several different bacterial species, including Pseudonomonas aeruga.
The team found that this bacterium produces a compound called pyrimethamine that acts on receptors on bacteria’s membranes.
When pyrimethamine binds to these receptors, it causes cell membranes to open, releasing porphyrin, which then activates the porphyrsin receptors and activates the cell.
Porphyrins are proteins that help cells form new blood vessels.
“It was a surprise that pyrimetshine, which is a drug, is actually a very active drug against a lot of bacteria,” said Sankut.
The researchers have also discovered that the pyrimetrachlorocyclopropane, or PCP, that the bacterium uses to kill bacteria is also effective against the papyrosporium, a group of fungi that cause urinary tract infections.
“PCP has an antibacterial effect against P. aerugina, and it’s also very effective against P.-aeruginae,” said Professor Sanku.
The findings of the study are published in the journal Microbiology.