Antibiotic-Resistant Microorganisms

  • A. M. R. MacKenzie
Conference paper


Microorganisms may be resistant to antibiotics by one of four basic mechanisms:
  1. 1)

    they may synthesize enzymes that inactivate antibiotics;

  2. 2)

    target sites on the microorganisms may be resistant to antibiotic binding;

  3. 3)

    they may become resistant to particular antibiotics by the development of metabolic pathways which bypass the site of the antibiotic’s action;

  4. 4)

    they may modify their inner or outer membrane to prevent the penetration of the antibiotic to the microbial target site.



Staphylococcus Aureus Fusidic Acid Methicillin Resistance Aureus Strain Tolerant Strain 
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