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Name the four distinct major mechanisms of action of antimicrobial agents.

Inhibition of cell wall synthesis
Inhibition of protein synthesis
Inhibition of folic acid biosynthetic pathways
Inhibition of DNA/RNA synthesis


Is it applicable to combine drugs with different MOA to achieve a synergistic cell kill effect?



Penicillins belong to a class of antibiotics known as:



Name two narrow-spectrum B-lactam abx

Oxacillin, Nafcillin


Name two aminopenicillin abx

Ampicillin, amoxicillin


Name a broad-spectrum penicillin



True or false: all B-lactams (penicillins, carbapenams, and cephalosporins) act through Binding of penicillin-binding proteins followed by destruction of the bacterial cell wall.



True or false: virtually all bacteria contain penicillin-binding proteins



Do different penicillin-binding proteins all have the same affinities for B-lactams? If not, what impact does this have on their sensitivities to B-lactams?

No. Different bacteria will demonstrate different sensitivities to B-lactams


What are transpeptidases?

Enzymes that cross-link peptidoglycan molecules in bacterial cell walls


What does cross-linking peptidoglycan do for the cell wall?

Gives strength to the cell wall


How do B-lactams work?

Inhibit transpeptidases; preventing it from forming cross-links. Results in structurally deficient cell wall, typically leading to bacterial lysis.


Are gram neg. or gram pos. organisms more susceptible to B-lactams?

Gram positives (thick peptidoglycan layer)
Gram negatives are less susceptible due to LPS layer which protects the peptidoglycan layer from B-lactam activity


Name two B-lactamase inhibitors that are added to some B-lactam abx to overcome resistance caused by B-lactamase.

Clavulanic acid (added to amoxicillin)
Tazobactam (added to piperacillin)


Why are narrow-spectrum penicillins narrow-spectrum?

N-S penicillins contain a larger molecule on the penicilin molecule side chain that confers steric hindrance: the ability to twist the molecule into other stereoisomers. This results in these penicillins being resistant to B-lactamase but at the same time restricts their spectrum of activity.


How are aminopenicilins different from penicillins?

Have an added amino group (NH2) that makes the molecule more hydrophilic and thus able to cross the LPS layer more easily (better against Gram -)


Describe broad-spectrum penicillins.

They are modifications of aminopenicillins: nitrogen and carbon atoms are added to the molecule. This Increases the range of bacteria that are sensitive to the antibiotic. They are usually admin. with a B-lactamase inhibitor due to their increased B-lactamase sensitivity.


What makes the Monobactam Aztreonam unique among cell wall synthesis inhibitors?

Unlike the penicillins and cephalosporins, which contain a thiazolidine ring attached to the B-lactam ring, Aztreonam's (a monobactam) B-lactam ring contains a sulfonic acid group that gives it its activity as a preferential binder of penicillin-binding proteins that are located inside the bacterial cell wall.


How do carbapenems differ structurally from penicillins?

The 5-membered ring adjacent to the B-lactam ring contains a carbon atom, rather than a sulfur atom.


What 3 traits make Imipenem (Carbapenem) an effective abx?

1. More efficient penetration through the bacterial cell wall
2. Resistance to bacterial enzymes
3. Affinity for all bacterial P-BPs
These characteristics give Imipenem a broader spectrum of activity than many other B-lactams


How does Cilastatin improve the efficacy of Carbapenem abx Imipenem?

Cilastatin (think "stop cilia") is a reversible, competitive inhibitor of DHP-1, an enzyme found in the brush border (cilia) of the PCT cells of the kidneys that breaks down Imipenem. Thus, reducing renal metabolism of Imipenem.


What distinguishes the cephalosporins from the natural penicillins?

The cephalosporins are more acid stable and can be taken with or without food.
Instead of a 5 membered (thiazolidine) ring adjacent to the Lactam ring, they have a 6 membered ring.


True or false: with each successive drug generation, gram positive abx activity is gained.

False. In general, gram-positive activity is lost with each successive drug generation, whereas activity against gram-negative organisms is gained.


Describe the use of 1st generation cephalosporins.

-skin infections (against Strep/Staph)
-Surgical prophylaxis (Cefazolin)
-Cephalexin, orally, is the most commonly prescribed cephalosporin for outpt use


Describe the use of 2nd generation cephalosporins.

mild gram-negative Bacteroides infection (intraabdominal infections)


What is the drug of choice for treating pediatric meningitis?

Ceftriaxone (3rd gen. cephalosporin)


True or false: 4th gen. cephalosporins are reserved for severe nosocomial (hosp. acquired) infections



What is the MOA of vancomycin?

Inhibits cell wall synthesis by attaching to the end of the peptidoglycan precursor units (D-ALA-D-ALA) that are required to be laid down into the matrix. Prevents precursor from being released from the carrier, thus stopping peptidoglycan synthesis.


Why is vancomycin not effective against gram negative organisms?

Gram neg. orgs. have an LPS layer that blocks vancomycin from reaching the thin peptidoglycan layer.


What is the best way to administer vancomycin for a GI infection?

Orally (glycopeptides are poorly absorbed from the GI tract)


What is the best way to administer vancomycin for an infection that is not in the gut?

IV (glycopeptides are poorly absorbed from the GI tract)


Describe the MOA of Fosfomycin. Please. Thank you.

Transported into bacterial cell by G-6-P/Glycerol-3-P transport systems, epoxide group irreversibly inactivates enzyme enolpyruvyl transferase by replacing PEP. Inactivation of enzyme blocks condensation of nucleotides, a first step in cell wall synthesis. Inhibition of peptidoglycan synthesis results in accumulation of nucleotide precursors and subsequent death and bacterial cell lysis.


List the 6 major groups of Abx that inhibit protein synthesis.

1. Streptogramins (Quinupristin/dalfopristin)
2. Aminoglycosides (Genta[mycin], neo, strepto, tobra, amikacin)
3. Macrolides (Azithro[mycin], Clarithro, Erythro, Telithro)
4. Lincosamides (Clindamycin)
5. Oxazolidinones (Linezolid)
6. Tetra[cyclines] (Doxy, Tige, Mino, Tetra)
Others: Mupirocin, Chloramphenicol


Why do aminoglycosides have poor penetration of biological membranes?

Polar structure


Are aminoglycosides absorbed well in the GI tract?

No (polar structure)


Are aminoglycosides administered orally?

No, poor GI absorption


Why are aminoglycosides nephrotoxic?

accumulate in the cells of the PCT of the kidney


Describe the prokaryotic ribosome.

-70S ribosome
-small (30S) & large (50S) subunits
-50S subunit = 5S+ 23S+ 34 other proteins


Describe the eukaryotic ribosome.

-80S ribosome
-small (40S) & large (60S) subunit


Where does tRNA bind to the ribosome?

Aminoacyl (A) site


Where is the existing amino acid chain elongated in the ribosome?

Peptidyl (P) site


Where does the tRNA release from the growing AA chain?

Exit/Egress (E) site


Please describe how aminoglycosides work.

Irreversibly bind the 30S ribosomal subunit. Recent studies show that the initial site of action is the outer cell membrane where the cationic abx creates fissures and pores in the outer membrane, resulting in leakage of intracellular contents and enhanced abx uptake.


Are aminoglycosides particularly effective against gram + or gram - bacteria?

Gram negative


Why are aminoglycosides, in contrast to other protein synthesis inhibitors, considered to be bactericidal in addition to bacteriostatic?

Because of their cationic action, creating fissures and pores in the outer membrane.


What is the MOA of the macrolide class of abx?

Bind the 23S rRNA molecule of the 50S ribosomal subunit. and inhibit peptidyl transferase, blocking the transfer of the new AA onto the growing chain. Inhibits initiation of translation


Are macrolides considered bacteriostatic or bactericidal?

Bacteriostatic except in high concentrations


Please describe the MOA of Lincosamides.

Bind the 23S rRNA molecule of the 50S ribosomal subunit and inhibit peptidyl transferase, blocking the transfer of the new AA onto the growing AA chain. Inhibits initiation of translation.


Are Lincosamides considered bacteriostatic or bactericidal?

Bacteriostatic except in high concentrations


What abx within the Lincosamide class is particularly useful against toxin producing pathogens and why?

Clindamycin because of its inhibition of protein synthesis which is also necessary for production of toxins (made of proteins).


Describe the MOA of Tetracyclines.

Bind reversibly to the 16S subunit of the 30S ribosomal subunit and inhibit translation. Prevents addition of AAs to growing peptide.


Are Tetracyclines considered bacteriostatic or bactericidal?



Why are Eukaryotic cells not affected by tetracycline?

Eukaryotic cells lack the active transport mechanisms that bacteria use to take up tetracycline.
Also, different ribosome sizes/shapes.


Please, pretty please, describe the MOA of Streptogramins.

Bind the 50S ribosomal subunit inhibiting protein synthesis. Cooperative and synergistic binding of Dalfopristin and Quinupristin yields bactericidal activity.


Describe the MOA of Mupirocin.

Inhibits bacterial protein synthesis by reversibly binding and inhibiting isoleucyl transfer-RNA synthetase. No cross-resistance with other classes of Abx.


How is Mupirocin administered and what is its effect on specific bacteria?

applied topically and is bactericidal against many Gr+ and select G- bacteria. It has good activity against Strep pyogenes, methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA).


Please, for the love of God, describe the MOA of Chloramphenicol.

Binds the 50S RSU at the peptidyltransferase site and inhibits the transpeptidation reaction.


What classes of Abx can interfere with the action of Chloramphenicol and why?

Clindamycin and macrolides. Because they act near the binding site of chloramphenicol and thus they may interfere with each other's actions if given concurrently.


Please describe the MOA of Fluoroquinolones.

Bind to and inhibit DNA gyrase (gram -)/topoisomerase IV (gram +) from uncoiling DNA for transcription. Halting cell division.


Why, why GOD do Fluoroquinolones not affect eukaryotes?

We have different forms of DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV


Describe the MOA of Rifamycins. Please.

Rifampin (subgroup) inhibits bacterial RNA synthesis by binding prokaryotic RNA polymerase. Prevents initiation of RNA synthesis.


Why Buddha does Rifampin not inhibit human RNA synthesis?

Does not bind human RNA polymerase.


What class of abx readily enters mycobacterial cell walls and why?

Rifampin (rifamycin), because it is highly lipophilic.


Since Rifampin is highly lipophilic, what other practical uses does it have?

Penetration of biofilms
CNS distribution (Bacterial meningitis)
Entering phagocytic cells and killing intracellular pathogens within.
Organisms within abscesses (poorly vascularized, so it diffuses through tissue)


What class of drugs is particularly effective against anaerobic bacteria due to the lack of oxygen and presence of nitroreductase (enzyme)?



What is the MOA of Metronidazole (prodrug)

Reduction of the prodrug Metronidazole results in the oroduction of toxic products and other free radicals that damage DNA (killing bacteria)


Cotrimoxazole is a combination drug composed of:

trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole


Describe the MOA of Cotrimoxazole (trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole).

The combination of the two components acts on two steps of the enzymatic synthesis of tetrahydrofolic acid (inhibition of folic acid synthesis).


Given that both eukaryotes and prokaryotes need dihydrofolate reductase to survive, how is it that cotrimoxazole does not affect humans.

Much greater concentration needed to inhibit human dihydrofolate reductase.


Cotrimoxazole is useful for treating:

uncomplicated UTI, and for acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis. Also effective against Pneumocystis jiroveci


Describe the MOA of Daptopeptides.

Interfere with integrity of cell wall structure by depolarizing membrane potential (do not penetrate cell membrane). This loss of membrane potential leads to inhibition of protein, DNA adn RNA synthesis >>> cell death.


What reduces the efficacy of Daptomycin in treating pneumonias and why?

Surfactant. Sequesters the abx rendering it useless because it cannot reach the bacteria.


Please describe the MOA of Fidaxomicin.

Inhibits RNA synthesis by inhibiting sigma-dependent transcription of bacterial RNA polymerases. No cross-resistance with Rifamycins.


Fidaxomicin is highly specialized for treatment of:

pseudomembranous colitis or C. diff associated diarrhea.


Ciprofloxacin's MOA inhibits synthesis of what?



Why would you treat an infection with multiple anti-microbials?

1. to treat a polymicrobial infection
2. to decrease emergence of resistance
3. to decrease dose-related toxicity
4. to enhance cell kill


How does combination antimicrobial therapy enhance cell kill?

An example would be one anti-microbial destroys the cell wall, and a weaker cell wall lets in the second anti-microbial; now it's more effective than it would be without the first


What is antagonism (in the context of mechanistically different drugs working together)?

one anti-microbial interferes with the other anti-microbial's action; example would be a bacteriostatic anti-microbial, which requires cell growth/division in order to be effective, alongside a bactericidal anti-microbial; another example is one that increases activity of beta-lactams


Give 2 conceptual examples of synergistic combinatorial functions of anti-microbials.

1. sequential blockade of steps in a longitudinal process
2. enzyme inhibitors that prevent antagonistic effects of drug, such as beta-lactamase inhibitors
3. increased drug uptake, ex by making the cell wall more permeable


T/F: Cephalosporins are B-lactam abx.



What is the MOA of cephalosporins?

Mimic D-Ala-D-Ala pentapeptides and inhibit transpeptidase from cross-linking peptidoglycan.


Do methicillin or cephalosporins require B-lactamase inhibitors to work?



Do B-lactamases play a more important role in Gram - or Gram + resistance to B-lactam Abx?

Gram - because secreted into periplasmic space and are effective at lower concentrations compared to Gram +s secreted into extracellular environment that require greater concentration (more bacteria secreting) for equal effect.