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Does Borrelia Have LPS?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection contracted when a person gets bitten by a tick that is infected with the borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. When a person gets Lyme disease, they can experience a vast number of different symptoms, many of which are non-specific and can mimic various types of other health conditions – leading to the disease being referred to as the “great imitator.”

Medical researchers have been tirelessly working to understand the borrelia burgdorferi bacteria further so that they can develop a better approach to Lyme disease treatment. Currently, the only treatment is antibiotics – and in 20% of cases, these don’t work, leaving people to go on to develop chronic Lyme disease.

Since chronic Lyme can cause debilitating symptoms, and the spread of the infection continues to rise worldwide, understanding the structure of Lyme bacteria as well as how it manages to evade detection within the body is vital.  

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How Borrelia’s Unusual Peptidoglycan Could Alter How We Treat & Target Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The infection is notoriously difficult to treat. The only option is currently antibiotics, and in roughly 20% of cases, people who have gone through treatment still go on to develop chronic Lyme – a persistent form of the disease that can continue to wreak havoc on the body long after the initial infection has subsided.

Scientific researchers have spent years studying the structure, function, and illness caused by Lyme bacteria in an effort to develop a better way to rid a person of the infection. While a lot of that research has been helpful, we haven’t yet devised a new treatment or cure for Lyme. However, new research surrounding borrelia’s unusual peptidoglycan may change everything in regard to Lyme disease and how it’s treated.

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Is Lyme Bacteria Gram Positive Or Negative?

There are over 30,000 formally named species of bacteria that have been discovered to date. Much like animals, these bacteria fall under the same umbrella category, but are not all the same – there are various types and categories. Each kind of bacteria is classified into a different grouping based on their shape.

The five shapes of bacteria are cocci, bacilli, spirilla, vibrios, and spirochaetes. Cocci and bacilli bacteria are shaped like a sphere and rod respectively. Spirilla and vibrios bacteria are shaped like a spiral and comma respectively, and finally, spirochaetes are shaped liked corkscrews. The shape of each bacteria gives them both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to survival.

Lyme disease is caused by a type of spirochaetes bacteria. But what is a spirochaete, exactly, and is Lyme bacteria gram positive or negative? Let’s find out.

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