Scientists from UTMB and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston have revealed that a compound called glycyrrhizin might be an effective tool in battling life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant infections resulting from severe burns. The study showed that glycyrrhizin improved the ability of damaged skin to create small proteins that serve as the first line of defense against Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. The study appeared in the January issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. Study authors are Tsuyoshi Yoshida, Shohei Yoshida, Makiko Kobayashi, David N. Herndon and Fujio Suzuki.