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Microbiology -Chapter 9 Antibiotics

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Microbiology -Chapter 9 Antibiotics BSC 302

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These notes are for Chapter 9, which discusses antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, etc.
Dr. Mosher
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Date Created: 10/14/16
Chapter 9 – Antibiotics Golden Age of Antibiotics  Antibiotics: compounds produced by one microbe that adversely affect other microbes  Modern antibiotic revolution began in 1928 with discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming o Contaminating mold had inhibited growth of Staph aureus colonies on a plate  Penicillin was purified by Florey and Chain  Domagk – discovered sulfa drugs o Inactive until converted by body to active agents o Analogs of PABA  Waksman – discovered streptomycin Fundamentals of Antimicrobial Therapy  Antibiotics comprise the vast majority of chemotherapeutic agents used to treat microbial disease  Antibiotic – synthetic chemotherapeutic agent that is clinically useful and chemically synthesized Selective Toxicity  Antibiotics must affect the target organism, but it must not affect humans  Many antibiotics have side effects at high concentrations o Chloramphenicol interferes with ribosomes o Some cause allergies  Drug should affect microbial physiology  Does not exist in humans o Peptidoglycan o Differences in ribosomal structure o Biochemical pathways missing Limited Spectrum of Activity  Broad spectrum: effective against many species  Narrow spectrum: effective against few or a single species  Source of antibiotics: o Most as natural products o Often modified by artificial means to increase efficacy and decrease toxicity to humans Bacteriostatic vs. Bactericidal  Bactericidal: antibiotics that kill the target organism o Many drugs only affect the growing cells o Inhibitor of cell wall synthesis – only effective if organism is building new cell wall (penicillin)  Bacteriostatic: prevent the growth of organism o Cannot kill the organism o Immune system removes intruding microbe Drug Susceptibility  Must consider: o Relative effectiveness o Average attainable tissue level of the drugs Minimal Inhibitory Concentration  MIC: the lowest concentration that prevents growth o Tested by diluting antibiotics  Lowest concentration with no growth = MIC  May still have living, but non-growing, organisms  Plate liquid without antibiotics and see if colonies form o No colonies = minimal lethal concentration )MLC) o MLC always lower than MIC  Strip tests avoid need for dilutions  MIC is the point at which the elliptical zone of inhibition intersects with the strip Kirby-Bauer Disk Susceptibility Test  Kirby-Bauer Assay test strain sensitivity to antibiotics  Uses series of round filter paper disks impregnated with different antibiotics  Dispense delivers up to 12 disks to surface of agar plate  Drugs diffuse away from disks into surrounding agar and inhibit growth of bacteria o Size of cleared zone represents relative sensitivity Mechanisms of Action  Targets: o Cell wall and membrane o DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis o Metabolism Cell Wall Antibiotics  Peptidoglycan synthesis: o Precursor made in cytoplasm o Carried across membrane by lipid carrier (bactoprenol) o Precursors are polymerized to existing cell wall structure (transglycosylase) o Peptide side chains are cross-linked (transpeptidase)  Beta-Lactam antibiotics: o Penicillin o Allows drug to bind transpeptidase and transglycosylase, preventing activities and stopping synthesis of chain  Vancomycin: binds ends of peptides and prevents action of transglycosylase and transpeptidase  Cycloserine: inhibits formation of dipeptide precursor  Bacitracin: blocks lipid carrier Cell Membrane Inhibitors  Gramicidn: forms cation channel through which ions leak  Polymyxin: destroys cell membrane (used topically) DNA Synthesis Inhibitors  Quinolones: block bacterial DNA gyrase and prevent DNA replication o Nalidixic acid  Metronizadole: nontoxic, unless metabolized by anaerobe ferredoxin  Sulfa Drugs: needed for DNA synthesis RNA Synthesis Inhibitors  Antibiotics that inhibit transcription are bactericidal and most active against growing bacteria  Rifampin: o Binds to beta subunit of RNA polymerase o Prevents elongation step of transcription  **Actinomycin D: o Prevents initiation step of transcription o Binds to DNA from any source  Not selectively toxic, can also affect eukaryotic cells Protein Synthesis Inhibitors  Drugs that affect 30S subunit: o Tetracycline: block binding of charged tRNAs to the A site of ribosome – proteins cannot be made or synthesized  Bacteriostatic – stop growth, do not kill  Drugs that affect 50S subunit: o Macrolides: inhibit translocation o Chloramphenicol: inhibits peptidyl transferase activity Challenges of Drug Resistance  Antibiotics are considered secondary metabolites because they usually don’t have apparent primary uses in producing organisms o Not essential for survival o Enhance ability to survive competition  Microbes prevent self-destruction by means of various antibiotic resistance mechanisms o Make enzymes to disable antibiotics o Genes encode some drug-resistance mechanisms that have been transferred to pathogens Forms of Antibiotic Resistance 1. Alter the target o Modify the ribosomal proteins confers resistance to streptomycin 2. Degrade the antibiotic o Beta-lactamase enzyme destroys penicillin o One of most common types 3. Modify the antibiotic o Add modifying groups that inactive antibiotic 4. Pump antibiotic cell out of cell o Specific and nonspecific transport proteins o Similar strategy used in cancer cells How Resistance Develops  De novo antibiotic resistance develops through gene duplication and/or mutations  Can be acquired via horizontal gene transfer (plasmids) o Conjugation o Transduction o Transformation  Integrons Fighting Drug Resistance  Dummy target compounds that inactive resistant enzymes  Alter antibiotic’s structure so that it sterically hinders access of modifying enzymes  Link antibiotics together Future of Drug Discovery  Evolutionary pressure is constant – requires constant search for new antibiotics  Modern drug discovery process: o Identify new targets using genomics o Determine spectrum of compound – broad or narrow o Determine pharmaceutical properties – not toxic to animals  New therapies: o Nanotubes to poke holes in cell membranes o Molecules that cork type III section apparatus o Interfering with quorum-sensing mechanisms Antiviral Agents o Common cold – rhinovirus o No antibiotic designed for bacteria can touch rhinovirus o Applying principle of selective toxicity is harder for viruses than for bacteria o Viruses usurp host cell functions to make copies of themselves o Few targets unique to virus o Preventing virus uncoating or releasing: o Influenza (enveloped) is vulnerable  Amantadine inhibits viral uncoating – prevents entry into host cell o DNA synthesis inhbitors: o Most antiviral agents inhibit viral DNA synthesis o Inserted into growing viral DNA strand, and this inhibit new DNA synthesis Antiretroviral Therapy  Reverse transcriptase inhibitors: unique to retroviruses  Protease inhibitors: blocks protease (making of mature proteins) – HIV  Entry inhibitors: prevents binding to receptor Antifungal Agents  Fungal infections more difficult to treat that bacterial infections o Fungi are selectively toxic because they are eukaryotes o Fungi have efficient drug detoxification system  Divided into 2 main groups: o Superficial mycoses – topical treatment o Deep mycoses – treated systematically  Azoles: inhibits synthesis of membrane sterols o Synthetic drugs o Chlotrimzaole, intraconzole, fluconazole  Terbinafine: selectively inhibit ergosterol synthesis o Synthetic o Lamisil


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