Lyme Lipids Are Good News!
Why in the world would we put in a brief technical article like this? Well, this is very good news for Lyme disease sufferers. This illustrates the process by which our Ultimate Monolaurin kills Lyme disease. As you may have read already, our Monolaurin kills only cells (bacteria and some viruses, fungi, yeasts and parasites) that have lipid fats in their outer membranes. Well, here we go…
As you know, Lyme disease is the most common arthropod-borne disease in North America. It is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Cholesterol is a significant component of the B. burgdorferi membrane lipids. Our interest in the presence of cholesterol is that it creates an opportunity for lipid-lipid interactions! There is a two-way exchange of lipids between B. burgdorferi and epithelial cells. (1)
Why is that important? It confirms the “how” of the many clinical studies showing our Monolaurin kills the Lyme Borrelia burgdorferi! Our Monolaurin’s lipid fat molecules absorb into the lipid component of Lyme B. burgdorferi. It immediately interrupts the reproductive signals. Then, when enough monolaurin lipids absorb into the lipid membrane, the membrane ruptures and the cell dies. That is what we are all after.
Are They Really Lipid?
Lyme burgdorferi is a highly specialized, two-membrane spirochete, ranging from about 9 to 32 micrometers in length.(2) Because of its double-membrane envelope, it is often mistakenly described as Gram negative,(3) though it stains weakly in Gram stain. The bacterial membranes in the B31, NL303 and N40 strains of B. burgdorferi contain a lipop-like outer surface proteins (Osp). And, guess what? The Osp proteins are lipoproteins!
A clinical study abstract said, in brief:
“One of the major lipids in the membranes of Borrelia burgdorferi is monogalactosyl diacylglycerol, a glycolipid recently shown to carry antigenic potency. Related lipid enzymes were found in many Gram-positive bacteria and in B. burgdorferi cell extract were also found as major lipids in the cell envelope. The enzymes interact with acidic lipids in the plasma membrane. The membrane packing and immunological properties of MGalDAG are likely to be of great importance in vivo. (4)
Yes, Lyme B. burgdorferi does have lipids in their membrane and, yes, our Monolaurin can absorb into them and, yes, they will die. There is hope!
Even better, our new Ultimate Bio-Fibrin, Fibrin Biofilm & Cyst Dissolver will break down the protective barriers the Lyme B. burgdorferi put up. This allows the Ultimate Monolaurin to do its job quicker and more through.
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- Crowley JT, Toledo AM, LaRocca TJ, Coleman JL, London E, et al. (2013) Lipid Exchange between Borrelia burgdorferi and Host Cells.PLoS Pathog 9(1): e1003109. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003109; published: January 10, 2013.
- Goldstein SF, Charon NW, Kreiling JA (1994). “Borrelia burgdorferi swims with a planar waveform similar to that of eukaryotic flagella”.Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 91 (8): 3433–7. doi:10.1073/pnas.91.8.3433. PMC 43591. PMID 8159765.
- Samuels DS; Radolf, JD (editors) (2010). “Ch. 6: Structure, Function and Biogenesis of the Borrelia Cell Envelope”. Borrelia:Molecular Biology, Host Interaction and Pathogenesis. Caister Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-904455-58-5.
- Ostberg Y, Berg S, Comstedt P, Wieslander A, Bergström S. Functional analysis of a lipid galactosyltransferase synthesizing the major envelope lipid in the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå UniversitySweden. Lipids – FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2007 Jul;272(1):22-9. Epub 2007 Apr 24.