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difference between bacteriostatic and bactericidal?

Bacteriostatic: Kill microbe
Bactericidal: Inhibits growth of microbe


difference between an antiseptic and a disinfectant?

Antiseptic: kill microbes topically on surface
Disinfectant: Kill microbes on inanimate objects


The basic target sites for the action of antibacterial agents?

1. Cell wall synthesis
2. DNA synthesis
3. RNA synthesis
4. Protein synthesis (50S + 20S ribosomes)
5. Antimetabolites: biochem. pathways


Difference between the MIC and the MBC for an antimicrobial agent?

MIC: Min. Inhibitory Conc. = no growth in tube
MBC: Min. Bactericidal Conc. = no growth in tube & culture plate


List 5 ideal qualities for an antimicrobial agent and explain the benefit of each?

1. Non-toxic to eukaryotic cells: selective toxicity
2. Broad spectrum: targets range of microbes
3. Bactericidal: Kills microbes
4. No acquired or intrinsic resistance: antimicrobial effective
5. Slow clearance time: not degraded quickly
6. Effective @ low dose: less harmful to person
7. Min. impact to host's NF:


Define drug Autonomy, antagonism, synergism

Autonomy: 2x anti-b have no effect on each other if tog.
Antoagonism: 2x anti-b that cancel each other if tog.
Synergism: 2x anti-b have a better effect when tog.


What bacterial genus has been the source of many antimicrobial agents?



Why would norfloxacin not be prescribed for septicaemia or meningitis?



Why should nitrofurans not be prescribed with quinolones?

bc antagonistic to each other


Adv & disadv. of nitrofurans

Adv: bactericidal
Disadv: antogonistic w/ quinilones; Only oral use; Only use for UTI


Why is tetracycline not used in children (unless it were a treatment of last resort)?

stain teeth of kids <8-9 yrs old during calcification


Adv & disadv. of tetracycline

Adv: inhibit protein synthesis; variable resistance in GPos & GNeg (susceptible)
Disadv: bacteriostatic; oral use only; stain kid's teeth;


Why is chloramphenicol primarily only used as a topical agent?

bc broad spectrum - can cause toxixity problems


Adv & disadv. of chloramphenicol

Adv: inhibit protein synthesis; suitable for oral & parenteral (IV), topical use
Disadv: bacteriostatic; broad spectrum => toxicity problems


What is the similarities & difference b/w ampicillin and amoxicillin?

Both: have the same bacterial activity
Amoxillin: absorbed better by GIT


How would aminoglycosides be administered?

IV only bc not absorbed by gut


Adv & disadv. of aminoglycosides

Adv: bactericidal; active against staph (not MRSA), Enterobacteria, most aerobic GNB (e.g. P. aeruginosa) inhibit protein synth.
Disadv: IV only; not active against anaerobes or streptococci;


Why are some bacterial agents suitable for oral ingestion and others are not?*

absorbtion in GIT*


Name and define the three methods of expression of enzyme induced antibacterial resistance?

- Inducible: enzyme only produced if organism is EXPOSED to corresponding B-lactam anti-b
- Consttutive: produced CONSTANTLY
- Constitutive-inducible: produced CONTANTLY @ LOW lvls & INC. as EXPOSED to anti-bact.


Why don’t sulphonamides, trimethoprim or their combination affect humans but do affect bacteria?

Bc these antibacterials inhibit folate pathway = bact. can’t make folate ≠ make dNTP ≠ make DNA. Humans not affected bc get folate from die


Explain how the CDS (Calibrated dichotomous sensitivity) method of disc susceptibility are performed.

1. Fresh colony is picked & mixed in saline.
2. innoculum is distributed evenly on sensitised agar media with excess removed.
3. It is let to dry then anti-b disk are placed on the media & inoculated for 18 hrs.
4. The radius of the disks are measured and interpreted. if <6 = Resistant. ≥6= susceptible


Explain how the CLSI/EUCAST method of disc susceptibility are performed.

1. Fresh colony of test organism is suspended to a density of ~0.5 McFarland std.
2. A lawn Innoculum is spread on MH agar plate in 3x directions w/ a swab dipped once in inoculum.
3. Incubated in air or CO2 for 18-24hrs.
4. Zone diameter measured in mm & use a table to determine result = susceptible, intermediate or resistant


Explain how to set up and read an E-test strip so as to report an MIC for gentamicin?*