‘That’s Pretty Cool…and Surreal’: Keanu Reeves Reacts After Scientists Name A Bacteria After Him – Thanks To Effective KILLING Methods
- Scientists in Germany have discovered a molecule that can kill pathogenic fungi
- They named the ipopeptide ‘Keanumycins’ after John Wick actor Keanu Reeves
He is known for portraying kick-ass characters like John Wick and Neo in the Matrix.
So it’s no surprise that scientists in Germany felt they should name a highly effective antifungal bacterium after Keanu Reeves, saying “he too is extremely lethal in his role.”
The Hollywood actor has since responded to the news, calling it “pretty cool… and surreal.”
Reeves was asked how he felt about having a deadly molecule named after him when he took to a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread to answer questions from his fans over the weekend.
One of them asked, “Hey Keanu, researchers from Germany have found a substance naturally produced by a type of bacteria that is so effective at killing fungi that they named it after you: Keanumycins.
Deadly: Scientists in Germany felt they should name a highly effective antifungal bacteria after Keanu Reeves, saying ‘He too is extremely deadly in his role’
Reeves was asked how he felt about having a deadly molecule named after him when he took to a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread to answer questions from his fans over the weekend. The Hollywood actor called it “pretty cool… and surreal”
‘What do you think of that?’
Reeves replied, “They should’ve called it John Wick…but that’s pretty cool…and surreal to me.”
WHAT ARE ANTI-FUNGAL AGENTS?
Antifungals, or antifungal drugs, are used to treat fungal infections, which usually affect people’s skin, hair, and nails.
Fungal infections commonly treated with them include ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nail infection, vaginal thrush, and some types of severe dandruff.
Scientists at the Leibniz Institute Bio Pilot Plant in Germany say the newly discovered type of lipopeptide Keanumycins could be a potential candidate for new antifungal drugs.
These are badly needed, they said, because there are very few anti-fungal drugs on the market.
‘But thank you, scientists! Good luck and thanks for your help.’
Last month, scientists at the Leibniz Institute Bio Pilot Plant in Germany revealed they had named the newly discovered type of lipopeptide “Keanumycins.”
Lipopeptides are used as antibiotics and may have strong antifungal properties.
The researchers found that the substance was effective against both plant fungal diseases and human-pathogenic fungi.
Explaining the thought process behind the name, lead author Sebastian Götze said, “The lipopeptides kill so efficiently that we named them after Keanu Reeves because he, too, is extremely lethal in his roles.”
The newly discovered keanumycins work effectively against the plant pest Botrytis cinerea, which causes gray mold rot and causes huge crop losses every year.
More than 200 different fruits and vegetables have been affected, especially strawberries and unripe grapes.
Keanumycin was found to be effective against gray mold rot on hydrangea leaves because it significantly inhibited the growth of the fungus.
It is also harmless to plants, so it can be used as an environmentally friendly and natural alternative to chemical pesticides, the researchers said.
‘Theoretically, the keanumycin-containing supernatant from Pseudomonas cultures could be used directly for plants,’ Götze said.
Reeves is known for portraying kick-ass characters like John Wick and Neo in the Matrix (pictured)
Reeves also said, “They should have called it John Wick (pictured)… but that’s pretty cool… and surreal to me”
The scientists also found that keanumycins were able to inhibit fungi that are dangerous to humans, such as Candida albicans.
‘We also tested the isolated substance on various fungi that infect humans.
‘We discovered that it strongly inhibits the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans, among other things,’ says Götze.
In addition to keanumycins not being toxic to plants, the tests done so far suggest that keanumycins are also safe for humans. effective against fungi in very low concentrations.
This makes it a potential candidate for new antifungal drugs, or antifungal drugs, which are urgently needed because there are very few antifungal drugs on the market.
The investigation has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
WHAT ARE THE OLDEST FUNGI EVER DISCOVERED?
For many years, fungi have been grouped with, or confused with, plants.
It was not until 1969 that they were officially given their own “kingdom”, alongside animals and plants, although their distinctive features had been recognized long before that.
Yeast, mildew and molds are all fungi, as are many forms of large, mushroom-like organisms that grow in moist forest environments and absorb nutrients from dead or living organic matter.
Unlike plants, fungi do not perform photosynthesis and their cell walls do not contain cellulose.
Geologists studying lava samples taken from a drilling site in South Africa discovered fossilized gas bubbles, which may contain the first fossil traces (pictured) of the branch of life to which humans belong ever unearthed
Geologists studying lava samples taken from a drilling site in South Africa discovered fossilized gas bubbles 800 meters (2,600 feet) below ground.
In April 2017, they revealed that they supposedly contain the oldest fungus ever found.
Researchers examined samples taken from boreholes of rock buried deep underground when they found the 2.4 billion-year-old microscopic creatures.
They are considered to be the oldest fungi ever found at about 1.2 billion years old.
The Earth itself is about 4.6 billion years old.
The Earth itself is about 4.6 billion years old, and the previous earliest examples of eukaryotes — the “super kingdom” of life that includes plants, animals and fungi, but not bacteria — date back to 1.9 billion years ago. The fossils have thin filaments bundled together like brooms (pictured)
They could be the earliest evidence of eukaryotes – the “super realm” of life that includes plants, animals and fungi, but not bacteria.
The previous earliest examples of eukaryotes – the “super realm” of life that includes plants, animals and fungi, but not bacteria – date back 1.9 billion years. That makes this monster 500 million years older.
It was believed that fungi first appeared on land, but the newly found organisms lived and thrived under an ancient ocean seabed.
And the dating of the find suggests that not only did these fungus-like creatures live in a dark and cavernous world devoid of light, but they also lacked oxygen.