Protein Synthesis Inhibitors and Bacterial Susceptibility to Phagocytosis

  • C. G. Gemmell

Abstract

It is well recognised that antibiotics can be either bactericidal or bacteriostatic and on this basis their therapeutic efficacy can be measured. In particular those drugs in the latter category may depend upon the underlying activity of the host’s reticulo-endothelial system (RES) in order to demonstrate their full efficacy. Antibiotics whose mode of action is based upon bacterial ribosomal protein biosynthesis are usually bacteriostatic, and this article will concentrate on their bioactivity in concert with phagocytic cells.

Keywords

Polysaccharide Streptomycin Macromolecule Tetracycline Erythromycin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. G. Gemmell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BacteriologyRoyal InfirmaryGlasgowUK

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