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When does a bacterial superinfection occur?

- when resistant bacteria are allowed to grow and thrive, leading to the super infection of resistant bacteria


What are the most common causes of antibiotic resistance?

- overuse of antibiotics in humans
- overuse of antibiotics in non-humans
- use in developing countries
- world travel
- critically ill patients
- promotion of antibiotics


What increases the risk of antibiotic resistant infections?

- patient related factors (increasing age, increasing severity of underlying disease)
- hospital related factors (increased length of stay, admission to the ICU, proximity of infected patients)
- treatment related factors (prolonged use of broad spectrum antibiotics, contaminated devices or procedures)


How is antibiotic use in developing countries contributing to resistance?

- antibiotics are available OTC
- poor patient compliance
- cost (take sub therapeutic course)
- antibiotic quality is low, with a lot of counterfeit and poor quality Abs


What are the different ways that a bacteria can become resistant? (genetics of mutation)

-- spontaneous mutation
--acquisition of new DNA
-via transformation: DNA comes from the environment after being released by another cell (plasmid DNA)
-transduction: virus transfers DNA between bacteria
-Conjugation: contact between cells as DNA crosses from donor to the recipient


What are the two general mechanisms of antibiotic resistance?

- alteration of the target site
- decreased uptake by bacteria


What strategies could we use to overcome the problem with beta lactamases?

- can develop inhibitors of beta lactamases (clavulanic acid)
- combine the penicillin with the use of other antibiotics
- can add bulkier side chains to the penicillin structure, hindering the access of the Beta lactamase enzyme


By using a beta lactam antibiotic along with a beta lactamase inhibitor, you get a _____ effect



What is the resistance to tetracyclines caused by?

- resistance is due to decreased uptake or increased extrusion of the Ab
-widespread resistance to tetracyclines limits clinical use
- bacteria have cross resistance
- Mg dependent active efflux is mediated by the TetA gene is the most common resistance mechanism
- other mechanisms of bacterial resistance
---- bacterial enzymes that inactivate tetracyclines
---- expression of bacterial proteins that inhibit binding of tetracycline to the ribosome


What is the bacterial resistance mechanisms against aminoglycosides?

- decreased uptake of the drug
--- absence of porin channels
--- absence of oxygen dependent transport system
- enzymes that inactivate aminoglycosides
--- acetyltransferases
--- nucleotidyltransferases
--- phsophotransferases
- cross resistance is rare


What is the bacterial resistance mechanisms to macrolides?

- decreased uptake of the drug
- increased efflux of the drug
- reduced affinity for the 50S ribosomal subunit
--- methylation of an adenine in the 23 S bacterial ribosomal RNA
- enzymes that inactivate macrolides
--- erythromycin esterase
- cross resistance is common


What is the resistance mechanism against fluorquinolones?

- alterations to DNA gyrase
- decreased uptake
- increased efflux
- cross resistance amount quinolone is common


Describe resistance to ciprofloxacin?

- widespread resistance by S aureus, S pyogenes, enterococcus and K pneumonia
- once considered a powerful Ab of last resort
- widespread use to eat minor infections and unapproved used promoted resistance
--- ear infections
--- acute respiratory illness
--- widespread veterinary usage


Describe bacterial resistance to sulfonamides and trimethoprim

- bacteria that obtain folate from the environment are inherently resistant to sulfonamides
- resistance is due to mutations that alter key functions in bacteria
--- sulfonamides: altered dihydropteroate synthase
---- trimethoprim: altered dihydrofolate reductase
---- reduced cellular permeability to the drugs
---- enhanced production of folates


Describe bacterial resistance to cotrimoxazole?

- bacteria that obtain folate from the environment are inherently resistance to sulfonamides
- cotrimoxazole resistance is rare since bacteria must have simultaneous resistance to both the sulfonamide and trimethoprim drug
- emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria has recently renewed interest in cotrimoxazole