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Red azo dye protosil

Era of systemic antibacterial chemotherapy
Protected mice against systemic streptococcal infection and cured patients suffering from the disease.
Protosil is cleaved, releasing p-aminobenzene sulfonamide which has antibacterial activity.

Effective chemotherapy drugs must:

Enter the cell
Bind physically to a cellular structure involved in some process essential for the growth of the cell
Inhibit the process in which that cell structure is involved


The treatment of infectious diseases with chemicals or antibiotics that are inhibitory or lethal of the infecting agents.

Selective Toxicity

The property of some antimicrobial agents to be toxic for a microorganism and nontoxic for the host.


A low-molecular-weight chemical agent produced by one organism that is harmful to other organisms.

Antibacterial Spectrum

Range of activity of an antibacterial agent.


Drug can inhibit a wide variety of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.


Drug is active only against a limited variety of bacteria.

Antimicrobial drugs are either:

Bactericidal and Bacteriostatic


Drug kills the bacterial cell.


Drug prevents the growth of microorganisms. Must be used for a sufficient time to allow host's own defenses, such as phagocytosis and antibodies, to destroy the organisms.

Modes of Action of Antibacterial Agents

Folic Acid synthesis
DNA replication
RNA synthesis
Membrane disruption
Protein synthesis (50S and 30S)
Peptidoglycan Synthesis

Cell Wall acting antibacterial agents

interfere with the synthesis of peptidoglycan
inhibit transpeptidation
Ultimately undergoes osmotic lysis

Degradation of peptidoglycan occurs during which event:

Binary Fission; inhibition of peptidoglycan affects the daughter cells.

Antibiotics that bind to receptors on 30S

block the binding of fmet-tRNA to the ribosome
Prevent attachment of tRNA to acceptor sites
Cause misreading of codons on mRNA
lead to the formation of non-functional proteins

Antibiotics that bind to receptors on 50S

Chloramphenicol blocks the action of peptidyl transferase
Erythromycin blocks the translocation step

Alteration of Cell Membranes

Especially polypeptide antibiotics, incorporate themselves into and alter bacterial cell membranes. Results in loss of important metabolites from the bacterial cell and cell death.

Inhibition of Nucleic Acid Synthesis

Antibiotics can interfere with DNA replication and RNA transcription in bacterial cells. Mammalian DNA and RNA can be affected as well, thus limiting the use of these drugs.
Inhibit bacterial DNA gyrases or topoisomerases


antimetabolites that compete with p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), which is the substrate for enzymatic reaction leading to synthesis of folic acid.

Folic Acid

Synthesized by p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)
Vitamin the functions as a coenzyme for the synthesis of the purine and pyrimidine bases of nucleic acids

Nongenetic origin of drug resistance

loss of specific target structures
active replication of bacteria is required

Genetic Origin of Drug Resistance

Chromosomal resistance
Resistant factor plasmid

Chromosomal Resistance

alteration of the structure of the receptor of the drug
permeability of the drug

Resistant factor plasmid

may carry genes for resistance to one and often several antimicrobial drugs and heavy metals.
encode enzymes that degrade the drug or modify the drug
Plasmid encoded proteins can pump (efflux) the drug out of the bacterial cell.

Mechanisms of drug resistance

Bacterium may develop and altered metabolic pathway
Altered structural target for the drug
Production of an enzyme that destroys the drug
A microbe may change its permeability to the drug
Bacterium may be able to pump (efflux) out any antibiotic entering the cell
Bacterium may develop an altered enzyme that still can perform its metabolic function but is less affected

Antibiotic Sensitivity Tests

In vitro; valuable for selecting chemotherapeutic agents active against the infecting organism.
Simply a measurement of the effect of the antimicrobial agent against the organism

Selection of a drug and patients outcome are influenced by:

pharmacokinetic properties of the drug
drug toxicities
site of infection
patients general medical status

Interferes with the synthesis of peptidoglycan


Inhibit transpeptidation

B-lactams: penicillins, cephalosporins, carbapenems

EX: Antibiotics that bind to 30S

Aminoglycosides: streptomycin, kanamycin, gentmycin; tetracyclines

EX: antibiotics that bind to 50S


Ex: cell membrane alteration

Polymyxins, daptomycin, ketoconazole, polyenes

DNA replication inhibition examples


RNA synthesis inhibition examples


Antimetabolite Examples


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