Antibacterials Lecture | Antimicrobial Resistance | Antibiotics

Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Action and Resistance

Alan L. Goldin, M.D./Ph.D.

Sections in Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Chapter 10
Mechanisms of action Pages 69-84

Chapter 11
Resistance Pages 85-93

Useful reference, but recommendations change about drugs of choice

Information on Antibiotics
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Handbook of Antimicrobial Therapy
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Mechanisms of Action Antibacterial drugs can be classified in many ways – mechanism of action will be used in these lectures Biochemical mechanism of action is crucial to understanding the mechanism of selective toxicity .

Mechanisms of Action Antimetabolites (sulfonamides) Affect nucleic acids (quinolones. rifampin) Inhibit cell wall synthesis (penicillin) Act on ribosomes .Reversible (tetracycline.Irreversible (aminoglycosides) Disrupt cell walls (nystatin. chloramphenicol) . polymyxin) .

Pharmacology Route of administration (iv. liver) Half-life. oral) Route of elimination (kidney. which is affected by diseases (liver or kidney disease) and other drugs Interactions with other drugs Dosing schedule. particularly compliance Side effects and idiosyncratic responses .

Resistance The most important problem in therapeutic use of antibacterial drugs Biochemical mechanisms of resistance Genetics Societal and physician behaviors Approaches to retard the development of resistance .

Definitions Antimicrobial Inhibits growth of micro-organisms Antibacterial Inhibits growth of bacteria Antibiotic Inhibits growth of micro-organisms Made by other micro-organisms Usually extended to include synthetic drugs .

Bacteriostatic versus Bactericidal Bacteriostatic Reversible inhibition of growth When the antibiotic is removed. almost all of the bacteria can replicate Bactericidal Irreversible inhibition of growth When the antibiotic is removed. almost none of the bacteria (10-7 to 10-3) can replicate .

Minimal Inhibitory Concentration MIC Lowest concentration of antibiotic that prevents visible growth Broth or tube dilution method Serial 2-fold dilutions of the antibiotic Accurate but time-consuming Disk sensitivity test Rapid. but must be related to results from the tube dilution method .

5 μg Antibiotic per ml .Tube Dilution Method for Determination of MIC MIC 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 0.

Disk Sensitivity Test 0 Time .

Disk Sensitivity Test 24 Hours Zone of Inhibition (mm in diameter) .

5 Concentration (μg per ml) Tetracycline Amikacin 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 Distance from Disk (mm) .Correlation of Distance from Disk and Antibiotic Concentration 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 0.

so that the remaining viable cells grow and form colonies The MBC of a truly bactericidal agent is equal to or just slightly above its MIC .Minimal Bactericidal Concentration MBC Lowest concentration of antibiotic that reduces the number of viable cells by at least 1000-fold Performed in conjunction with MIC by the tube dilution method Aliquots from the tubes at and above the MIC are plated onto agar media The antibiotic is diluted.

Tube Dilution Method for Determination of MBC 128 64 32 μg Antibiotic per ml 16 8 4 2 1 0.5 .

5 .Tube Dilution Method for Determination of MBC MIC 128 64 32 16 8 4 μg Antibiotic per ml 2 1 0.

5 .Tube Dilution Method for Determination of MBC MIC 128 64 32 16 8 4 μg Antibiotic per ml 2 1 0.

5 .Tube Dilution Method for Determination of MBC MBC 128 64 32 16 MIC 8 4 μg Antibiotic per ml 2 1 0.

those odds may provide inadequate guidance for treatment .Attainable Level of Antibiotic Concentration that can be reached in the target tissue without toxic side effects If the attainable level of an antibiotic is greater than the MIC for at least 90% of the isolates. that species is considered susceptible to that antibiotic For serious infections.

a prolonged period before bacteria resume growth Synergism between host defenses and subMIC levels of antibiotics .Trough Levels of Antibiotics Levels of antibiotics reach minimal levels (troughs) at roughly predictable times after administration The troughs may be at or below the MIC This may or may not be a problem because of two mitigating factors Post Antibiotic Effect.

000 times more frequent at 2 times the MIC compared to 8 times the MIC .Trough Levels of Antibiotics Trough levels may increase the frequency of drug-resistant bacteria Frequency of developing resistance is greatly increased at levels just above the MIC Development of resistance to ciprofloxacin is 10.

Choice of Drugs Starts with Susceptibility Susceptibility by itself does not assure therapeutic success Lack of susceptibility guarantees therapeutic failure There are many other considerations in the choice of antibacterial drugs Toxicity and side-effects Interactions with other drugs Pharmacology of the drug .

Antimetabolites Sulfonamides .

Prontosil H2N NH2 O N N S O - NH2 A red dye that cured streptococcal and staphylococcal infections in mice (1933) Ineffective against bacteria in laboratory media Confirmed the dogma that clinically effective treatment could not be achieved with drugs acting directly on bacteria The first Sulfonamide .

Sulfanilamide O H2N S ONH2 The active component of Prontosil A product of cleavage at the diazo bond. which occurs naturally in the body Effective against bacteria in both patients and laboratory media .

and it is rapidly excreted .000-fold more effective Small amounts of PABA negate large amount of sulfonamides This competition is not a clinical problem.Sulfonamides and PABA Are Analogs O H2N S ONHR H2N O C O- Sulfonamides PABA Sulfonamide antagonizes para-Aminobenzoic acid Competition for uptake by bacteria PABA is 1. because we don’t get PABA in out diets.

Sulfonamides and PABA Are Analogs O H2N S ONHR H2N O C O- Sulfonamides PABA Sulfonamides competitively inhibit the condensation of PABA with dihydropteridine to form dihydropteroic acid This is the first step in the biosynthesis of tetrahydrofolic acid Metabolic competition is roughly equivalent .

Site of Action of Sulfonamides Dihydropteridine + para-Aminobenzoic acid (PABA) SULFONAMIDES INHIBIT Dihydropteroic acid + Glutamic acid Dihydrofolic acid (DHF) NADPH NADP Tetrahydrofolic acid (THF) .

Selective Toxicity of Sulfonamides We lack dihydropteroic acid synthase We require folic acid in our diet Bacteria must synthesize folic acid using dihydropteroic acid synthase They cannot use an external source Sulfonamides are still effective even when folic acid is present .

Consequences of Inhibition by Sulfonamides Sulfonamide block Tetrahydrofolic acid deficit Tetrahydrofolic acid cofactor deficits Thymidine Purines Methionine DNA DNA RNA Protein .

purines & thymidine from cells that have lysed. RNA and DNA can continue . so protein and RNA synthesis continue Selectively blocking DNA synthesis is lethal Bacteriostatic if protein and RNA synthesis are also blocked Adding a bacteriostatic antibiotic decreases efficacy Ineffective in purulent lesions Rich in methionine. so synthesis of proteins.Effect of Sulfonamides Depends on the Environment Bactericidal in blood and urine Blood and urine have large amounts of methionine and purines.

Sulfonamides Introduced the Problem of Drug Resistance Development of sulfonamide resistance was rapid Sulfonamides were introduced to treat bacillary dysentery during World War II 4 years later. transposons. most isolates were resistant About 10% were resistant to 3 biochemically unrelated antibiotics This pattern has been repeated with each new drug Resistance to multiple drugs is more common than to a single drug R factors. and integrons .

even if they have not received antibiotics.Dynamics of Drug Resistance People who receive an antibiotic are more likely to harbor bacteria resistant to that antibiotic and biochemically unrelated antibiotics People who frequent environments in which antibiotics are used are more likely to harbor drug-resistant bacteria. This applies to patients as well as to staff. The probability of harboring drug-resistant bacteria returns to normal within a few weeks after antibiotic therapy is discontinued or after absence from the antibiotic-rich environments The prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria in the community is increasing due to increasing use of antibiotics in the environment Antibiotics. use them and lose them .

Resistance to Sulfonamides Reduced uptake (Antiporter) Transposons & plasmids Altered dihydropteroic acid synthase Reduced sensitivity to sulfonamides Transposons & plasmids Increased levels of synthase or synthase activity Mutation or plasmid Increased synthesis of PABA (rare) Mutation Loss of end-product inhibition Promoter up mutation .

Impact of Sulfonamide Discovery Shattered vitalist dogma on treatment of infection Proved in vitro effects are relevant Initiated successful searches for antibiotics Penicillin and streptomycin Launched huge search for metabolic analogs Produced thousands of rat poisons A few anticancer agents An immunsuppressant One antibacterial drug (Trimethoprim) .

Trimethoprim Competitive inhibitor of dihydrofolic acid reductase The competitive substrate is dihydrofolic acid Trimethoprim blocks a step in the biosynthesis of tetrahydrofolic acid .

10-methylene THF 5-methyl THF methionine & purines .Site of Action of Trimethoprim Dihydropteridine + PABA Sulfonamides Inhibit Dihydropteroic acid + glutamic acid dTMP Dihydrofolic acid Trimethoprim Inhibits NADPH NADP Tetrahydrofolic acid (THF) dUMP 5.

dUMP ⇒ dTMP rapidly depletes THF by conversion to DHF.10-methylene THF 5-methyl THF dUMP Synthesis of pyrimidines & purines does not deplete THF methionine & purines .Site of Action of Trimethoprim Dihydropteridine Sulfonamides Inhibit + PABA Dihydropteroic acid + glutamic acid Dihydrofolic acid dTMP Trimethoprim Inhibits NADPH Trimethoprim acts rapidly. and there is no DHF ⇒ THF With sulfonamides. sulonamides act slowly With trimethoprin. but DHF ⇒ THF proceeds Depletion of THF pool takes 3-4 generations NADP Tetrahydrofolic acid (THF) 5. there is no net synthesis of THF.

10-methylene H4F Sulfonamides reduce DHF 5-methyl H4F which competes with methionine & purines trimethoprim .Site of Action of Trimethoprim Dihydropteridine Sulfonamides Inhibit + PABA Trimethoprim is like sulfonamides + glutamic acid Dihydropteroic acid Bactericidal in blood Ineffective in purulent lesions Dihydrofolic acid dTMP Trimethoprim Inhibits NADPH NADP Tetrahydrofolic acid (H4F) But trimethoprim is not antagonized by PABA Trimethoprim and sulfonamides are synergistic dUMP Inhibitors of sequential steps are often synergistic 5.

Trimethoprim and Sulfonamides are Synergistic Sulfamethoxazole inhibits an early step in the pathway and lowers the concentration of dihydrofolic acid Dihydrofolic acid and trimethoprim compete for binding to dihydrofolic acid dehydrogenase Less trimethoprim is required for inhibition of dihydrofolic acid reductase in the presence of sulfamethoxazole .

Trimethoprim and Sulfonamides are Synergistic The synergism permits use of smaller doses than if either drug were used alone The use of two drugs together reduces the frequency of resistance The two drugs are marketed as a combination in the fixed ratio of 5 parts sulfamethoxazole to 1 part trimethoprim There are only a few indications for the use of either drug alone .

Selectivity of Trimethoprim Both bacteria and humans have dihydrofolate reductase The human enzyme is 60.000-fold less sensitive to trimethoprim There is no toxicity due to the antibacterial action of trimethoprim Folic acid deficiency can occur in patients with inadequate dietary consumption Normal bacterial flora can no longer make folic acid to compensate .

but may transpose to the chromosome It is not a mutant form of the bacterial enzyme. but a new gene Mutation of bacterial dihydrofolate reductase is only important in the lab .Resistance to Trimethoprim Dihydrofolate reductases with decreased sensitivity to trimethoprim Reduced affinity for trimethoprim Located in the intervening sequences of transposons On a plasmid.

Resistance to TMP/Sulfa Resistance to TMP makes the combination ineffective Resistance to Sulfonamide maintains considerable potency .

Drugs to Remember TMP/Sulfonamide Combination Trade name Bactrim .

Drugs that Affect Nucleic Acid Synthesis Quinolones .

Quinolones Nalidixic was the first quinolone Too toxic for systemic use (newer quinolones can be used systemically) Rapidly excreted in the urine Effectively used to treat urinary tract infections Inhibits the A subunit of DNA gyrase Human analog (topoisomerase II) is several hundred fold less sensitive Rapidly inhibits DNA synthesis Bactericidal unless growth is prevented .

R2 = H: R1 = —C 2H5 . R2 = H: R1 = —C2H5 .Quinolones O COOH F O COOH H3C N N C2H5 R2N N N R1 Nalidixic Acid 6-FluoroQuinolones Ciprofloxacin Norfloxacin Ofloxacin R1 = . R2 = CH3: .

aureus strains were resistant to ciprofloxacin Ciprofloxacin resistance was 80% among methicillin resistant S. aureus increased 123% By the end of 1992. which reduces the uptake of fluoroquinolones Development of resistance to ciprofloxacin among nosocomial pathogens Between 1989 and 1992. aureus . resistance among S.Resistance to Quinolones Missense mutations in gyrA Missense mutations in a gene for a membrane protein. More than ¼ of all S.

Resistance to Quinolones Most frequent among important nosocomial pathogens such as S. aureus and P. aeruginosa These species were not highly susceptible to the first fluoroquinolones Resistance developed rapidly because the drugs were used at levels close to the MIC Ciprofloxacin resistant organisms are cross resistant to other fluoroquinolones Plasmid encoded resistance is not a problem A single copy of the sensitive gyrA gene makes the bacteria susceptible Errors in DNA synthesis and repair are lethal .

Drugs to Remember Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) Levofloxacin .

Drugs that Inhibit Cell Wall Synthesis Penicillins Cephalosporins Vancomycin .

Penicillins Penicillin G was the first penicillin in 1942 Advantages compared to sulfonamides Much greater potency Much less toxicity Effective against organisms that were resistant to sulfonamides Effective in wounds and purulent lesions .

6-Aminopenicillanic Acid H H2N N O H H S C CH3 CH3 COOH β-lactam ring Thiazolidine ring .

Peptidoglycan Cross Linking L Ala D Glu m Dap D Ala D Ala D Ala Site of action of penicillins TRANSPEPTIDASE L Ala D Glu m Dap D Ala TRANSPEPTIDASE TRANSPEPTIDASE D Ala D Ala m Dap L Glu L Ala glycan ( N acetyl glucosamine-N acetyl muramic acid)n .

Peptidoglycan Cross Linking CH3 O Ala – Glu –DAP - CH3 O N H2 N C H C OH N H O HO C CH3 C H N H O C CH3 C H C H C NH N H .Ala glycan ( N acetyl glucosamine-N acetyl muramic acid)n free amino group of DAP (m-diaminopimelic acid) cross link NH2 .DAP – Glu .

Substrate-Enzyme Intermediate in the Cross Linking Reaction CH 3 O Ala – Glu –DAP - CH3 O N H C H C O N H2 C H C OH Transpeptidase O = Serine hydroxyl group in active center of transpeptidase .

β-lactam Inactivation of Transpeptidases H C H2N C O H N C H S C C CH3 COOH CH3 + Transpeptidase H C H2N C O O HN C H H S C C CH3 COOH CH3 Serine OH of Transpeptidases Transpeptidase .

Inactivation of Transpeptidases by β-lactams H C H2N C O O H HN C H S C C CH3 COOH CH3 Transpeptidase Serine OH of Transpeptidases .

Transpeptidases (Penicillin Binding Proteins) MW 91.000 49.000 42.000 66.000 87.000 40.000 PBP Activity 1a Transpeptidases 1b 2 3 4 5 6 Transpeptidase? Transpeptidase Function Peptidoglycan synthesis Cell wall elongation Maintenance of rod shape Peptidoglycan synthesis Septum formation D-alanine Control extent of x links carboxypeptidases .000 60.

such as overgrowth of the large intestine with Clostridium difficile (pseudomembranous colitis) Hypersensitivity is a common and serious problem .Selectivity & Side Effects of β-lactams Selective toxicity The targets of β-lactams are uniquely bacterial The corresponding structures do not occur in humans Side effects The earliest penicillins are exceptionally benign Some of the later derivatives have side effects related to their side chains A nonspecific side effect is superinfection.

Haptene Formation: Reaction of β-lactams with Serum Proteins
ε amino group of a Lys residue


H C S CH 3 CH 3 CO O H


Serum protein

Resistance to β-lactams
Resistance of Staphylococci to penicillin G became a major problem within 10 years Resistance has since appeared in several additional bacterial species Most group A (β hemolytic) Streptococci are still highly sensitive Resistance is due to β-lactamase

Resistance to β-lactams Destruction by β-lactamase
Serine OH

Penicilloic acid + Free β-lactamase

+ H2O



β-lactamases of Staphylococci
Primarily penicillinases Inducible & extracellular
Inoculum size has large effect on MIC
MIC for β-lactamase negative is < 0.5 μg/ml for 10 – 106 cells MIC for β-lactamase positive is < 0.5 μg/ml for 10 – 103 cells MIC for β-lactamase positive Staph is 1250 μg/ml for 106 cells

Large initial dose is important (kill before induction) Destruction of penicillin by a few bacteria can protect a sensitive pathogen (secretion of β-lactamase)

One of the major limitations of the early penicillins

Limitations of Early Penicillins Hypersensitivity by a significant proportion of the population Need to use parenteral routes of administration (no oral administration) Development of resistance among important groups of pathogens Narrow antibacterial spectrum .

Oral Penicillin Penicillin G is hydrolyzed by acid in the stomach Penicillin V is acid-stable Made by adding phenoxyacetic acid to the medium of the mold producing penicillin Penicillin G is now so inexpensive that it can be used orally by giving a larger dose .

Natural Penicillins CH3 O COOH PENCILLIN G (benzylpenicillin) O O C C N H2 H CH3 Acid stable O C C N H2 H CH3 Acid labile CH3 O COOH PENICILLIN V (phenoxymethyl penicillin) .

so use with methicillin will decrease the effectiveness of methicillin These drugs are made semi-synthetically .β-Lactamase Refractory Penicillin Penicillin G is hydrolyzed by β-lactamase Methicillin is refractory to β-lactamase hydrolysis Steric hindrance of the side chain prevents the hydrolysis Penicillin G forces the β-lactamase into its active conformation.

Preparation of Semisynthetic Penicilins H2N N O S CH3 CH3 COOH 6-AMINOPENICILLANIC ACID + Acid anhydrides or Acid chlorides OCH3 O C OCH3 N N O S CH3 CH3 COOH O C N N OC2H5 O S CH3 CH3 COOH METHICILLIN NAFCILLIN .

Broad Spectrum Penicillin Penicillin G cannot pass through the outer membrane of gram negative bacteria Ampicillin has a charged amino group that allows it to pass through the outer membrane Ampicillin is also acid-stable These drugs are semi-synthetic .

Penicillin G and Ampicillin O C H2 C N H N O S CH3 CH3 Narrow Spectrum COOH PENICILLIN G (Benzyl penicillin) O H C NH2 O C N H N S CH3 Broad Spectrum CH3 COOH AMPICILLIN .

Broad Spectrum β-Lactamase Refractory Penicillin?
There are none The large side chains that make methicillin refractory to β-lactamase prevent it from crossing the outer membrane A partial solution is to combine a broad spectrum penicillin with a β-lactamase inhibitor

Active Site Directed Inhibitors of β-Lactamases

C lavulanic A cid


Inhibition of β-Lactamases by Clavulanic Acid
β-lactamase + β-lactamase







coli β-lactamase + > 2. coli β-lactamase Ampicillin alone Ampicillin + Clavulanic Acid 2 2 E.000 4 .Effect of Clavulanic Acid on Ampicillin Resistance Antibiotic MIC (μg per ml) E.

frequently with other resistance genes Resistance is easily transmitted to other bacteria .Intrinsic Resistance to β-Lactams Methicillin resistant Staph. aureus (MRSA) Still cannot hydrolyze methicillin Resistant by an intrinsic mechanism Resistance developed rapidly (in 10 years of methicillin use) Resistance is carried on a transposon.

Pencillin Binding Proteins (PBP) of Methicillin Susceptible & Resistant S. aureus Susceptible PBP 1 2 3 Resistant 2A 4 .

aureus) functions are also required Depending on host functions. leading to incorrect sensitivity reports The mecA transposon is an attractant for other resistance genes . resistance is often heterogeneous.Genetics of Methicillin Resistance mecA encodes PBP 2A mecA is a fusion gene mecA is on a transposon Transmitted by a plasmid. but stability requires transposition to the chromosome Production of PBP 2A by mecA is essential but not sufficient for methicillin resistance Host (S.

Drugs to Remember Penicillin Ampicillin Nafcillin Amoxicillin/Clavulanate Combination Augmentin .

Other β Lactam Antibiotics Cephalosporins Carbapenems Monobactams .

Cephalosporins About 20 currently in use Tend to be substrates for β-lactamases less frequently than penicillins 1st generation (Cefazolin) Antibacterial spectra & potency like penicillins 2nd generation (Cefoxitin) More potent & better against gram negatives 3rd generation (Cefotaxime) Even more potent & highly effective against gram negatives but at the expense of reduced potency for gram positives 4th generation (Ceftazidime) Enhanced activity against gram negatives without loss of potency for gram positives .

Core Structures of Penicillins & Cephalosporins H H 2N N O H H S C CH3 CO O H H CH3 H 2N N O COOH R H S 6-Aminopenicillanic Acid 7-Aminocephalosporanic Acid O R = CH2 O HC CH3 .

Cross Hypersensitivity of Cephalosporins with Penicillins About 2% of population are hypersensitive to cephalosporins About 8% of people who are hypersensitive to penicillins are also hypersensitive to cephalosporins .

Penicillins versus Cephalosporins Haptene Formation Penicillins + Serum protein Cephalosporins + Serum protein Frequent O R C N H O H C H C S CH3 CH3 COOH R O C N H O Rare if at all H C H C S R1 C HN NH C HN NH COOH Serum protein Serum protein Penicilloyl protein Cephasporyl protein .

Resistance to Cephalosporins β-lactamases Penicillins only Cephalosporins only Penicillins & Cephalosporins Specificities of β-lactamases are not predictable Some bacteria may have more than one β-lactamase Assumptions about sensitivity can lead to unpleasant surprises .

Carbapenems versus Penicillin Carbapenems H R1 N O COOH H CH S R2 H R1 N H O Penicillins H S C CH3 CH3 N COOH H atoms are trans C replaces R1 attached directly H atoms are cis S in fused ring R1 attached via amino group .

Monobactams H R NH N O SO3 _ H CH 3 .

Drugs to Remember Cephalosporins Cefazolin Cefotaxime Ceftazidime Carbapenems Imipenem .

Vancomycin Inhibits peptidoglycan synthesis The mechanism is different from that used by penicillin Binds to the D Ala – D Ala substrate Narrow spectrum of action Complex glycopeptide Cannot cross the outer membrane Resistant to β-lactamases Antibiotic of last resort .

Ala glycan ( N acetyl glucosamine-N acetyl muramic acid)n free amino group of DAP (m-diaminopimelic acid) cross link NH2 .DAP – Glu .Vancomycin Target (D Ala – D Ala) CH3 O Ala – Glu –DAP - CH3 O N H2 N C H C OH N H O HO C CH3 C H N H O C CH3 C H C H C NH N H .

m DAP .D Lactate .D Glutamyl .Vancomycin Resistance A Depsipentapeptide instead of the normal Pentapeptide Pentapeptide L Alanyl .D Alanyl .D Alanine VanSens Depsipentapeptide L Alanyl .D Glutamyl .m DAP .D Alanine VanRes Vancomycin cannot bind to D Alanyl .D Alanyl .D Lactate VanRes VanSens Vancomycin can bind to D Alanyl .

D Glutamyl .m DAP .D Glutamyl .D Lactate L Alanyl .D Alanyl .D Lactate (Depsipentapeptide) .Vancomycin Resistance I Synthesis of the Depsipentapeptide Pyruvate + NADH D Alanine + D Lactate vanH vanA D Lactate + NAD D Alanyl .D Lactate van? L Alanyl .m DAP + D Alanyl .

D Alanyl .D Glutamyl – m DAP .D Glutamyl – m DAP .D Alanine vanY L Alanyl .D Alanine vanX D Alanine + D Alanine L Alanyl .Vancomycin Resistance II Destruction of Existing Vancomycin Binding Sites D Alanyl .D Alanine + D Alanine .

Drugs to Remember Vancomycin .

Drugs that Act on Ribosomes Aminoglycosides Chloramphenicol Macrolides Clindamycin Tetracycline .

Mechanisms of Action Act on subunits of the bacterial ribosome to disrupt translation Aminoglycosides affect the 30 S subunit and are bactericidal The others are bacteriostatic Tetracycline affects the 30 S subunit Chlorampenicol. Macrolides and Clindamycin affect the 50 S subunit .

Gentamicin (Aminoglycoside) Aminosugar R1 CH NHR2 O O NH 2 Aminocyclitol NH 2 NH2 OH OH O NHCH 3 O Gentamicin C1 Gentamicin C2 Gentamicin C1a R1 = CH3 R2 = CH3 R1 = CH3 R2 = H R1 = H R2 = H CH 3 OH Aminosugar .

Selective Toxicity Inhibits 30 S ribosomal subunit Difference between inhibition of eukaryotic and bacterial ribosomes is not very large Inhibits mitochondrial ribosomes Mammalian cell and mitochondrial membranes are barriers .

Mechanisms of Resistance Proteins modify and inactivate the compounds Resistance is additive Proteins are encoded on plasmids Resistant ribosomal proteins This occurs very rarely Resistance is very high .

Kanamycin Sites of Inactivation ACII AC CH2-NH2 O ACI NH2 ACIII Types of Inactivation NH2 OH O OH CH2OH O O HO OH AC (AC) AD P PI PII N-Acetyl transferases O-Acetyl transferases O-Adenyl transferases O-Phosphatases Blocked reaction (AC) HO NH2 OH AD .

Chloramphenicol I II O H C H 2O H O O 2N C H C H N H C C H C l2 III .

Chloramphenicol Binds to the 50 S ribosomal subunit Does not inhibit mammalian 80 S subunit Does inhibit mitochondrial 70 S subunit Aplastic anemia is possible 1 in 25.000 administrations Life-threatening Never a drug of first choice Resistance as for aminoglycosides .000 to 40.

Erythromycin H3C N HO CH3 O O H3 C HO HO OH H3CO CH3 O CH3 CH3 H3 C CH2 H3C O O CH3 O CH3 CH3 OH O CH3 .

Erythromycin Macrolide antibiotic Does not inhibit mammalian 80 S subunit Does inhibit mitochondrial 70 S subunit Does not cross the mitochondrial membrane Resistance by rRNA methylation Often an alternative for penicillin to treat allergic patients .

Clindamycin CH3 N H 3C C C H2 H2 O Cl N H HO OH OH SC H 3 CH3 CH CH O .

Clindamycin Similar spectrum as erythromycin Binds to the 50 S subunit Frequent association with bowel superinfection Pseudomembranous colitis Clostridium difficile infections Used to treat anaerobic infections .

Tetracylcines OH O OH O OH O NH2 7 6 5 OH N(CH3)2 Bacteriostatic inhibitors with broad spectrum Block the binding of aminoacyl-tRNAs to the A site of the ribosome 30 S subunit Resistance due to efflux and insensitive ribosomes .

OH 7 Cl OH CH3 N(CH3)2 . OH CH3 .Tetracylcines OH O OH O OH O NH2 7 6 5 OH N(CH3)2 Drug Chlortetracycline Tetracycline Doxycycline Minocycline Position 5 6 CH3 .

Drugs to Remember Gentamicin Erythromycin Clindamycin Tetracycline .

Drugs that Disrupt Cell Walls Nystatin Polymyxin .

L-Leu L-Phe (α) L-Dab (α) L-Dab L-Thr L-Dab = L-α. γ-Diaminobutyric acid (α) L-Dab (α) and (γ) indicate NH2 groups L-Dab involved in peptide linkages (γ) L-Dab (α) L-Thr (α) L-Dab 6-Methyloctanoic POLYMYXIN B1 .

Polymyxins Too toxic for systemic use Effective against gram negative but not gram positive bacteria Bactericidal. disrupting the outer membrane Used in topical creams and ointments .

Newer Antibiotics for Use Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Semisynthetic Streptogramins Oxazolidinones Lipopeptides Glycylcylines Ketolides .

aureus (VRSA) and Enterococci (VRE) Oxazolidinones Lipopeptides Glycylcylines Ketolides .Newer Antibiotics for Use Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Semisynthetic streptogramins Quinupristin/dalfopristin (Synercid) was approved by the FDA in 1999 Effective against Vancomycin Resistant Staph.

Streptogramins N O HN N O O O N O H N O O OH N O O O O N O N N O O NH OH N P ristinom ycin Ia Pristinom ycin IIa .

000 plus hospitalization No longer used very often . faecalis Must be administered intravenously High incidence of adverse effects and drug interactions Wholesale cost for 10 day treatment is about $3. aureus and E. faecium but not against E.Quinupristin/Dalfopristin Act synergistically on the bacterial ribosome to disrupt protein synthesis Active against S.

aureus (VRSA) and Enterococci (VRE) Lipopeptides Glycylcylines Ketolides .New Antibiotics for Use Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Semisynthetic streptogramins Oxazolidinones Linezolid (Zyvox) was approved by the FDA in 2000 Effective against Vancomycin Resistant Staph.

Oxazolidinones O R1 N O R2 .

Linezolid Inhibits protein synthesis at the bacterial ribosome Bacteriostatic against staphylococci and enterococci Active against S. faecium and E. faecalis Administered intravenously or orally Generally well-tolerated Wholesale cost for 10 day treatment is about $1.000 . E. aureus.

New Antibiotics for Use Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Semisynthetic streptogramins Oxazolidinones Lipopeptides Daptomycin (Cubicin) was approved by the FDA in 2003 Effective against Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Glycylcylines Ketolides .

Daptomycin (Cubicin) .

faecium and E. aureus (VRSA) and Enterococci (VRE).Daptomycin (Cubicin) Binds to the cell membrane of grampositive bacteria and causes membrane depolarization Effective against Vancomycin Resistant Staph. faecalis Administered intravenously Approved for treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections . including E.

New Antibiotics for Use Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Semisynthetic streptogramins Oxazolidinones Lipopeptides Glycylcylines 9-Aminotetracyclines acylated with N-dimethylglycine Tigecycline was approved by the FDA in 2005 Ketolides .

Glycylcyclines O H3C N H3C 8 7 6 5 H N OH 9 O OH O OH O NH2 OH N(CH3)2 Glycylcyclines are not substrates for the efflux process and they block insensitive ribosomes .

Tigecycline H 3C H 3C H 3C N H H N O 8 OH 9 O OH OH O O NH2 7 6 5 OH N (C H 3 ) 2 .

aureus and probably VRE (in vitro) Broad spectrum Approved for complicated intra-abdominal and skin and skin structure infections Not a substrate for tetracycline antiporters or ribosome protection proteins Intravenous administration Bacteriostatic .Tigecylcine (Tygacil) Active against methicillin-resistant S.

New Antibiotics for Use Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Semisynthetic streptogramins Oxazolidinones Lipopeptides Glycylcylines Ketolides Telithromycin (Ketek) was approved by the FDA in 2004 Effective against multi-drug resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae .

Telithromycin (Ketek) .

aureus (MRSA.Telithromycin (Ketek) Structurally related to the macrolides. which include Erythromycin Blocks protein synthesis by binding to 23S rRNA of the 50S ribosomal subunit Effective against gram-positive S. pneumoniae (increasingly resistant to penicillin and macrolides) gram negative Haemophilus influenzae Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydia . not VRA) and S.

sinusitis and pneumonia Alternative to a fluoroquinolone for macrolide-resistant pneumococci Cost is $114 for 10 day course Comparable cost to fluoroquinolones and newer macrolides such as Clarithromycin Erythromycin costs about $6 Use with caution because of reports of serious hepatotoxicity .Telithromycin (Ketek) Approved for treatment of bronchitis.

Drugs to Remember Linezolid Daptomycin Tigecycline .

Antibiotic Resistance .

Current Status of Resistance Introduction of new antibiotics had been keeping up with resistance Declining investment in antibiotic discovery during the 1980s altered the balance Accelerated investment in the 1990s is beginning to yield new drugs Avoidance of resistance to new drugs has been a consistent but never achieved design objective .

The Problems in Avoiding Resistance Mobile genetic elements Multiple resistance and association with virulence markers Increasing use of drugs is associated with increasing frequency of resistance Worst case scenarios are already here for some nosocomial infections (Staphylococci and Enterococci) .

aureus (from Enterococcus) Campylobacter jejuni and coli Most common cause of diarrhea 50% are resistant to Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) . aureus >50% of nosocomial bloodstream infections 31% of Staph infections outside the hospital 71% of Staph infections in nursing homes First case in US of vancomycin resistant Staph.Antibiotic Resistance in the US Sept. 2002 – ASM Meeting Methicillin-Resistant Staph.

Retarding Emergence of Resistance Maintenance of therapeutic levels Ensure patient compliance Avoid the use of drugs when the MIC is at or only slightly below the attainable level Prevent biofilms and treat them aggressively Use combinations of antibiotics when indicated (but not otherwise) Avoid over and ill-advised use of antibiotics Prescriptions for infections that won’t respond Tendency to use hot new drugs Self medication .

007 32.5 0.3 0.1 .7 0.Antibiotic Resistance of Bacteria from Sewers Serving Isolated Locations Sewer Serving General Hospital Mental Hospital Residential Area Percent of Bacteria Resistant to Streptomycin Chloramphenicol Tetracycline 34.7 0.0 0.4 0.7 6.

Gentamicin Resistant P.90 % susceptible 1968 .636 kg (0.gentamicin discontinued 1970 .9 % susceptible late 1969 . aeruginosa in Burn Patients 1965 .95 % susceptible .7 tons) of topical gentamicin used 1969 .

Antibiotic Treatment of Adults with Sore Throat 1989-1999 (JAMA 2001. vol. 286:1181) 6. extended-spectrum macrolides and fluoroquinolones .7 million annual visits in the US Antibiotics were prescribed in 73% of cases Decreasing use of penicillin and erythromycin Increasing use of non-recommended.

Antibiotic Treatment of Adults with Sore Throat Most sore throats are due to viral upper respiratory tract infections Group A β-hemolytic Streptococci is the only common cause warranting antibiotics Streptococci cultured in 5-17% of cases Penicillin and erythromycin are still recommended in most cases Other drugs increase likelihood of resistance to those drugs and greatly increase the cost (> 20-fold for quinolones versus penicillin) .

Societal Contributors
Antibiotic additives in stock feed Chlorine treatment of water
Reduces number of bacteria by > 100 Survivors are resistant to antibiotics

Mercury and other contaminants in water
Bacteria resistant to mercury are also resistant to antibiotics

Antibacterial soaps
Any inhibitor selects for resistance to other inhibitors, including antibacterial drugs Criticized by the AMA and CDC, which agree that regular soap and water is equally effective

Current Status of Antibiotic Discovery
At first highly successful Now marginal

Rational approach
Molecular modeling is being used extensively Low yield so far, but promising

Novel agents from non-microbial biological systems

New or Improved Antibiotics in Development
Synthetic Vancomycins For resistance to Fluoroquinolones

New Antibiotics in Development Synthetic Vancomycins A promising but unproven prospect For resistance to Fluoroquinolones .

blocking transglycosylation rather than transpeptidation Additional modifications are being tried .Synthetic Vancomycins The sugar groups on the peptide backbone were modified (Science 1999. vol. 284:508) Completely synthetic drug The modified drug was more efficient at killing both vancomycin-sensitive and vancomycinresistant organisms Mechanism of action is different.

New Antibiotics in Development Synthetic Vancomycins For resistance to Fluoroquinolones .

2-Pyridones O F N COOH F O COOH N CH3 NH2 HN N N 2-Pyridone Ciprofloxacin Inhibits DNA gyrase A. like quinolones May be more effective against gyrA mutants .

which is an essential component of the outer membrane of gram negative bacteria .Approaches to Identify New Antibacterial Drugs Peptides from higher organisms Magainin from frogs. reached phase III trials but never proceeded further Steroids from higher organisms Squalamine from sharks Inhibitors of additional pathways Block lipid A synthesis.

Functional Genomics The genomes of more than 20 microbial organisms have been sequenced Sequence data are used to identify essential targets by comparative genomics The targets are experimentally tested Drugs are developed to block those targets. based on structural predictions .

The Future of Antibiotics The best long-term solution is to minimize the development of resistance Doctors have a critical role in accomplishing this goal .

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