My warped and twisted mind has been thinking about using Pseudomonas koreensis to treat fungal infections. The twist comes in the matrix containing the Pseudomonas koreensis.
So I should tag this up front as being warped twisted dark humour from a very bizarre biologist.
I was authorising urine microbiology results the other day and came across a report on a young man who had Pseudomonas koreensis growing in his urine. This particular bacterium was first described in Korea. I’m assuming the Republic of Korea and not the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It was first isolated from farming soil. Further research has found that this bacterium has antifungal properties too.
I have a warped sense of humour
My warped and twisted mind went to a bizarre place where I imagined patients with topical fungal infections. Infections caused by plant pathogens, viz., Bipolaris, Fusarium, and Alternaria being treated with the urine from patients infected with Pseudomonas koreensis.
A diversion with grated cheese
This thought is in keeping with a joke I make when I see how much natamycin is in grated cheese to keep the mould off. I wonder if I could treat oncology patients with yeast infections by giving them grated cheese.
The thought of using urine with Pseudomonas koreensis in it to treat fungal infections gives a whole new meaning to the term “golden shower”. Interestingly Pseudomonas koreensis produces a fluorescent pigment! As we continue along this line of thought, the fungi mentioned above are not uncommon causes of ocular infection. I’ll leave you to think about how those infections could be treated. Squirts in the eye!
Sorry about my warped and twisted mind
It has a tendency to come up with some really odd thoughts.
It’s started to emerge in the artwork I’ve been doing for my podcast, Medical Fun Facts.
Who knows where it will go next!!!