Antibiotics-Protein synthesis inhibitors Flashcards Preview

Block 5 Drugs > Antibiotics-Protein synthesis inhibitors > Flashcards

Flashcards in Antibiotics-Protein synthesis inhibitors Deck (44)
Loading flashcards...

What is the coverage spectrum of Penicillin?

Some gram negative bacteria and all gram positives


What is the coverage spectrum of Cephalosporins?

Gram negatives and gram positive bacteria


What are the major differences between eurkaryotes and prokaryotes?

1) Prokaryotes have cell walls whereas eukaryotes do NOT
2) Prokaryotes use 30s/50s ribosomes whereas eukaryotes use 40s/60s ribosomes
3) Prokarytoes DON'T need preformed folate for RNA/DNA synthesis

* remember that both prokaryotes and eukaryotes use topoisomerase but drugs are often more sensitive to bacterial topoisomerase


What are the general features of antibiotics that inhibit protein synthesis?

1) Selective to bacterial ribosomes
2) Have broader spectrum than ß-lactams - all bacteria need protein synthesis to grow
3) Bacteriostatic (with the exception of one group): affect reproduction > integrity (allows the immune system to take over)


Which antibacterial acts by inhibiting action at 30S and 50S subunit of the ribosome?



Which antibacterial acts by inhibiting action at the 30S subunit of the ribosome?



Which antibacterials act by inhibiting the action of the 50S subunit of the ribosome?

(i) Macrolides
(ii) Clindamycin
(iii) Linezolid


What are the mechanisms of aminoglycosides?

1) Binds to two receptor sites => 16S RNA, 23S RNA and other ribosomal proteins
2) Leads to wrong base incorporation and misreading of mRNA
3) Translocation (30S binding) and recycling blocked (50S binding)


What additional mechanism does streptomycin have over other aminoglycosides?

Streptomycin can block initiation


Are aminoglycosides bacteriostatic or bactericidal?

Aminoglycosides are bactericidal unlike most other protein synthesis inhibitors
- however at low concentrations it is bacteriostatic


Why are aminoglycosides bactericidal?

Aminoglycosides transport easily into bacterial cells:
- Passive diffusion through the porin channels of the outer membrane
- Energy-dependent, rate-limiting transport through the plasma membrane (inhibited under anaerobic conditions)

- Drug-induced mutated proteins inserted into the plasma membranes enhance uptake of the drug


What is the most common cause of aminoglycoside resistance?

Inactivating enzymes (acetylases, adenylases )


What are other methods of aminoglycoside resistance?

1) Membrane impermeability
2) Mutation of the binding site
3) Methylation of rRNA


What is the historic use of streptomycin?

Mycobacterium TB (not used in US any more)


What is the coverage of gentamicin and tobramycin?

1) Aerobic gram negative rods
2) Gram positive if synergy with beta lactams


What group of bacteria are resistant to aminoglycosides?

Anaerobes are resistant


What is the best way to administer aminoglycosides?

- Poor oral absorption (poorly distributed to tissues)
- IV and IM


What is the post antibiotic effect of aminoglycosides for gram negative aerobes?

Significant post-antibiotic effect (GN aerobes only):
-Drug keeps acting although the microbe is no longer exposed to it


What are the major side effects of aminoglycosides?

1) Nephrotoxicity (acute tubular necrosis)
2) Ototoxic (auditory and vestibular)
- high-pitched sounds affected first, irreversible
3) Bone marrow suppression
4) Muscle weakness
5) Allergic reactions - rashes


What is concentration dependent killing?

Concentration dependent killing -exposure to higher concentration of the drug is more efficient (even if it is short); there is no benefit of longer exposure


What drugs exhibit concentration dependent killing?

1) Aminoglycosides
2) Fluoroquinolones
3) Metronidazole


What is time dosing dependent killing?

TDK - you need longer exposure (e.g., frequent dosing)


What are dosing considerations for aminoglycosides?

Extended (EID, once daily) interval dosing to reduce toxicity.
- Concentration-dependent killing
- Toxicity both time and concentration dependent
- Significant post-antibiotic effect (GN aerobes only)

* Watch out for renal dysfunction


What are the main aminoglycosides?

streptomycin, gentamicin, tobramicin, amikacin


What are the main tetracyclines?

Doxycycline, teracycline, minocycline


What is the mechanism of tetracyclines?

Binds to 30S subunit & blocks amino-acyl-tRNA binding resulting in the elongation block


How does bacterial resistance to tetracyclines develop?

- Reduced cell permeability-efflux pumps
- Reduced binding to ribosomal 30S site
- Inactivation by enzymes

*Rarely used in US because of resistance


Describe the absorption of tetracyclines.

- Well absorbed from the gut
- reduced absorption with food and chelators e.g. Al(OH)3
- Good tissue penetration (fairly large Vd)
- Doxycycline - mainly hepatic metabolism


What are the main side effects of tetracyclines?

- Gastrointestinal intolerance (N/V/D)
- Hepatotoxic
- Skin photosensitivity
- Never use in pregnancy, neonates, children- deposits in enamel of teeth and bone
- Doxycycline is the only tetracycline that can be used in renal failure


What are the primary macrolides?

- Erythromycin
- Azithromycin
- Clarithromycin