Duke University Medical Center researchers may be close to devising a new way to stop or prevent the urinary tract infections (UTIs).
The researchers have discovered how cells within the bladder are able to sense the presence of E. coli bacteria hiding within their compartments.
They think that knowing how the bladder's own cells sense the bacteria, and what they do to expel them, can prove helpful in enabling the bladder to protect itself.
Soman Abraham, a professor of pathology at Duke, believes that new treatments based on the research team's findings may be able to tackle antibiotic-resistant UTIs, and perhaps even bacterial infections in other parts of the body.
The findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.