Current Topics of Molecular Life Sciences IOR- Prof. Dr.

Matthias Ullrich class presentation Kedar Ghimire, May 15, 2007

• Efflux refers to the outward flow. • Efflux pumps are protein transporters localized in the cell membrane. • Active transport • Found in bacteria as well as eukaryotes (Bambeke et. al,2000) •Specific or non-specific

Efflux pumps

Major superfamilies in prokaryotes
•MF (major facilitator, >1000) •MATE (multidrug and toxic efflux) •RND (resistance- nodulation- division) •SMR (small multi-drug resistance)
glycerol-3-phosphate transporter •ABC (ATP binding cassette), primary membrane transporter

Diagrammatic representation of the membrane topology of drug transporters belonging to the ABC superfamily

Biochemical Journal Biochem. J. (2003) 376, 313-338

Resistance-nodulation-cell division transporter in E. Coli

Antibiotic resistance: what is it?
• One of the world's most pressing public health problems. • Nearly all significant bacterial infections in the world are becoming resistant, genetic material clonal

Importance of efflux pumps in bacterial resistance
FINDINGS • not evolved in response to antibiotics • Increased expression linked with resistance but is not the only factor • Intrinsic resistance of Gramnegative bacteria, e.g Pseudomonas aeruginosa • Efflux pump inhibitors taken with antibiotics • Fluoroquinolone-resistant strains


Importance of efflux pumps in bacterial resistance
•MICs of antibiotics seen increased •Cross resistance, all generations of antibiotics effected- a problem •Expression increases with stress. Over expression results from mutation or activation •Unregulated overexpression is disadvantageous

Discussion and conclusion
•Increasing evidence about role of efflux pumps in antibiotic resistance •Efflux pumps possess significant structural homology •Considerations for design of new drugs -structural alterations after entrance into the cell •Careful inhibition of pumps necessary •Researchers should be careful


Thank you all for your kind attention!!

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