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Beta-lactamase inhibitors and reversal of antibiotic resistance.

The resistance of bacteria to beta-lactam antibiotics is usually associated with production of the enzyme, beta-lactamase, which inactivates the beta-lactam molecule. In the long search for inhibitors of bacterial beta-lactamase the first clinically useful agent, clavulanic acid, was isolated as a metabolite of Streptomyces clavuligerus. Robert Sutherland describes the background to the demonstration of clinical efficacy of combinations of clavulanic acid and other agents with penicillins which has confirmed beta-lactamase inhibitors as one solution to the problems posed by beta-lactamase-producing bacteria.[1]


  1. Beta-lactamase inhibitors and reversal of antibiotic resistance. Sutherland, R. Trends Pharmacol. Sci. (1991) [Pubmed]
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