New antibiotics class found

Robinson, Simon
May 2006
ICIS Chemical Business;5/29/2006, Vol. 1 Issue 21, p15
Trade Publication
The article provides information on platensimycin, a potentially powerful weapon against antibiotic resistance discovered by Merck, Sharp and Dohme researchers. Platensimycin kills a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria, including so-called superbugs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus in mice. It also blocks enzymes involved in making fatty acids, the building blocks of cell membranes and bacterial surfaces.


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