Peaches and Alanine
Type of Spiritual Experience
I may have misunderstood the content of this paper for which I apologise, just in case, but from what I understand, Alanine amongst a number of naturally occurring Bacteriocines is a natural antibiotic, which, because we actually have alanine in our system is not harmful to us, only to harmful bacteria.
It is there in quite high amounts in the peach, and occurs in order to protect the peach itself, but it can also help us.
A description of the experience
Pol J Microbiol. 2013;62(3):223-35.
Characteristic of bacteriocines and their application.
Karpiński TM1, Szkaradkiewicz AK2.
Bacteriocines are small peptides with anti-bacterial properties. They are produced both by Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
Until now, a few hundred bacteriocines were described. Classification of bacteriocines undergoes continuous alterations, as new developments regarding their structure, amino acid sequence and recognised mechanism of their action are available. Some of bacteriocins (lantibiotics) contain atypical amino acids, such as
- lantionine (Lan),
- methyllantionine (MeLan),
- dehydroalanine (Dha),
- dehydrobutyrine (Dhb), or
- D-alanine (D-Ala).
The best recognized bacteriocines are produced by lactic acid bacteria, including nisine produced by strains of Lactococcus lactis. These bacteriocines have been recognized to be fully safe for humans. At present, nisine is used in food industry, as a preserving agent. Other lactic acid bacteria bacteriocines and probiotic preparations provide an alternative for antibiotics, and are used in food and in animal feed.