Principles of Antimicrobial therapy
PHRM306
PHARMACOLOGY II
Principles of Antimicrobial Therapy
I. Overview:
 Antimicrobial therapy takes advantage of the
biochemical differences th...
II. Selection of Antimicrobial Agents
1. The organism’s identity
2. Its susceptibility to a particular agent
3. The site o...
A. Identification of the infecting organism
• Characterization of the organism is central to selection
of the proper drug....
B. Empiric therapy prior to identification of
the organism
1. The acutely ill patient with
infections of unknown origin
2....
C. Determination of antimicrobial
susceptibility of infective organisms
1. Bacteriostatic drugs: Which arrest the growth
&...
• 2. Minimum inhibitory concentration: Minimum
Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) is the lowest
concentration of antibiotics t...
D. Effect of the site of injection on
therapy
• The blood Brain Barrier: this barrier is formed by
the single layer of tai...
1. Lipid soluble drug, such as quinolones and
metronidazole, have significant penetration into
the CNS.
• In contrast, β-l...
E. Patient factors
1. Immune System
2. Renal Dysfunction: serum creatinine levels
are frequently used as an index of renal...
III. Route of Administration
• Some antibiotics, such as Vancomycin, the
aminoglycosides and amphotericin are so poorly
ab...
IV. Determinants of Rational Dosing
• Two important pharmacodynamic
properties that have a significant influence
on the fr...
V. Agents used bacterial infections
• Penicillin
• Cephalosporin's
• Tetracycline's
• Aminoglycosides
• Macrolides
• Fluor...
VI. Chemotherapeutic Spectra
A. Narrow-Spectrum antibiotics: Isoniazid is
active only against mycobacteria
B. Extended-Spe...
VII. Combinations of antimicrobial
drugs
• Treatment of tuberculosis
• Advantages of drug combinations: When
infection is ...
VIII. Drug Resistance
A. Genetic alterations leading to drug resistance
1. Spontaneous mutations of DNA: Emergence of
rifa...
IX. Prophylactic Antibiotics
X. Complications of Antibiotics Therapy
1.Hypersensitivity
2.Direct toxicity
3.Superinfection...
Beta-Lactam Antibiotics
Introduction
β-Lactam antibiotics are the most widely
produced and used antibacterial drugs in the
world, and have been ev...
Discovery of Penicillin
• First discovered in 1928 by British physician
Alexander Fleming
• Accidental discovery of a cont...
Sir Alexander Fleming
Fleming’s Petri Dish
Zone of Inhibition
• Around the fungal colony is a
clear zone where no bacteria
are growing
• Zone of inhibition due to th...
Penicillin Today
• Still the most widely used antibiotic
• Still the drug of choice to treat many bacterial
infections
• S...
Mechanism of Action
Target- Cell Wall Synthesis
The bacterial cell wall is a cross linked polymer
called peptidoglycan whi...
Peptidoglycan
Peptidoglycan is a carbohydrate composed of
alternating units of NAMA and NAGA.
The NAMA units have a peptid...
Mechanism
Transpeptidase- PBP
The cross linking reaction is catalyzed by a class of
transpeptidases known as penicillin binding
prot...
Mechanism of β-Lactam Drugs
The amide of the β-lactam ring is unusually
reactive due to ring strain and a conformational
a...
Mechanism of β-Lactam Drugs
The hydroxyl attacks the amide and forms a
tetrahedral intermediate.
Mechanism of β-Lactam Drugs
The tetrahedral intermediate collapses, the amide
bond is broken, and the nitrogen is reduced.
Mechanism of β-Lactam Drugs
The PBP is now covalently bound by the drug and
cannot perform the cross linking action.
Bacterial Resistance
Bacteria have many methods with which to combat the
effects of β-lactam type drugs.
• Intrinsic defen...
Range of Activity
β-Lactams can easily penetrate Gram (+) bacteria, but the
outer cell membrane of Gram (-) bacteria preve...
Toxicity
β-Lactams target PBPs exclusively, and because
human cell membranes do not have this type of
protein β-lactams ar...
Classes of β-Lactams
The classes of β-lactams are distinguished by the
variation in the ring adjoining the β-lactam ring
a...
Modification of β-Lactams
β-Lactam type antibiotics can be modified at various
positions to improve their ability to:
-be ...
Penicillins- Natural
Natural penicillins are those which can be obtained
directly from the penicillium mold and do not
req...
Penicillin G in Acidic Conditions
Penicillin G could not be administered orally due
to the acidic conditions of the stomac...
Penicillin V
Penicillin V is produced when phenoxyacetic acid rather
than phenylacetic acid is introduced to the penicilli...
Production
All commercially available β-lactams are initially
produced through the fermentation of bacteria.
Bacteria asse...
Penicillin Biosynthetic Pathway
o
Semi-Synthetic Penicillins
The acyl side chain of the penicillin molecule can be
cleaved using enzyme or chemical methods ...
Penicillins- Antistaphylococcal
Penicillins which have bulky side groups can block
the β-Lactamases which hydrolyze the la...
Penicillins- Antistaphylococcal
These lactamases are prevalent in S. aureus and S.
epidermidis, and render them resistant ...
Penicillins- Antistaphylococcal
Methicillin is acid sensitive and has
been improved upon by adding
electron withdrawing gr...
Penicillins- Aminopenicillins
In order to increase the range of activity, the penicillin
has been modified to have more hy...
Penicillins- Aminopenicillins
These penicillins have a wider range of activity than
natural or antistaphylococcal drugs, b...
Penicillins- Aminopenicillins
Due to the effectiveness of the aminopenicillins, a
second modification is made to the drug ...
Penicillins- Extended Spectrum
Extended spectrum penicillins are similar to the
aminopenicillins in structure but have eit...
Penicillins- Extended Spectrum
Like the aminopenicillins the extended spectrum
drugs have an increased activity against Gr...
Cephalosporins
• Cephalosporins were discovered shortly after
penicillin entered into widespread product,
• First discover...
Chemical structure of cephalosporins
• Cephalosporins are similar to penicillins but
have a 6 member dihydrothiazine ring
...
Cephalosporins
Unlike penicillin, cephalosporins have two side chains
which can be easily modified. Cephalosporins are als...
Mechanism of ActionMechanism of Action
N
O
HHH
NR
O
S
CO2H
O
C
Me
O
7
OH
Ser Enzyme
-CH3CO2
-
N
O
HHH
NR
O
S
CO2H
O
Ser
En...
Cephalosporins,
Classification
Cephalosporins are divided into four
generations with original agents
being referred to as...
First-Generation Cephalosporins
Examples: cephradine, cephalexin, cephadroxil, cephapirin
They are active against most ...
Second-Generation
Cephalosporins
They have a broader bacteriologic
spectrum than do the first-generation
agents
They ar...
 Third-Generation Cephalosporins
 These agents retain much of the G+ve activity of the
first two generations, although t...
 Fourth-Generation Cephalosporins
 This generation of cephalosporins (such as cefepime, cefpirome) combines the anti-
st...
 Fifth-Generation Cephalosporins
 These are novel cephalosporins with activity against MRSA
 Example: Ceftaroline
 Cef...
Carbapenems
Carbapenems are a potent class of β-lactams which
attack a wide range of PBPs, have low toxicity, and are
much...
Carbapenems
Thienamycin, discovered by Merck in the late
1970’s, is one of the most broad spectrum
antibiotics ever discov...
Carbapenems
Thienamycin was slightly modified and marked as
Imipenem. Due to its rapid degradation by renal
peptidase it i...
Monobactams have a monocyclic β-lactam ring
and are resistant to β-lactamases.
 Aztreonam was isolated from Chromobacterium violaceum .
 Aztreonam is the first clinically useful monobactam.
 The ant...
Clinical uses of aztreonam
Active against G- aerobes only
Alternative for penicillins ( piperacillin ) and
cephalosporins ...
β-Lactamases
β-Lactamases were first discovered in 1940 and
originally named penicillinases.
These enzymes hydrolyze the β...
β-Lactamase Inhibitors
There are currently three clinically available β-lactamase
inhibitors which are combined with β-lac...
β-Lactam/Inhibitor combinations
Aminopenicillins:
ampicillin-sulbactam = Unasyn
amoxicillin-clavulante = Augmentin
Extende...
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  1. 1. Principles of Antimicrobial therapy PHRM306 PHARMACOLOGY II
  2. 2. Principles of Antimicrobial Therapy I. Overview:  Antimicrobial therapy takes advantage of the biochemical differences that exist between microorganisms are human beings.  Antimicrobial drugs are effective in the treatment of infections because of their selective toxicity.  That is, they have the ability to injure kill an invading microorganism without harming the cells of the host.
  3. 3. II. Selection of Antimicrobial Agents 1. The organism’s identity 2. Its susceptibility to a particular agent 3. The site of the infection 4. Patient factors 5. The safety of the agent 6. The cost of the therapy
  4. 4. A. Identification of the infecting organism • Characterization of the organism is central to selection of the proper drug. • A rapid assessment of the nature of the pathogen can sometimes be made on the basis of the Gram stain, which is particularly useful in identifying the presence and morphologic features of microorganisms in body fluids that are normally sterile.
  5. 5. B. Empiric therapy prior to identification of the organism 1. The acutely ill patient with infections of unknown origin 2. Selection a Drug
  6. 6. C. Determination of antimicrobial susceptibility of infective organisms 1. Bacteriostatic drugs: Which arrest the growth & replication of bacteria at serum levels achievable in the patient. Bactericidal agents: Which kills bacteria at serum levels achievable in patients. • Cholarmphenicol is static against gram negative rods and is cidal against other organisms such as S. pneumoniae
  7. 7. • 2. Minimum inhibitory concentration: Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) is the lowest concentration of antibiotics that inhibits bacterial growth. • To provide effective antimicrobial therapy, the clinically obtainable antibiotic concentration in body fluid should be greater then the MIC. • 3. Minimum Bactericidal concentration: the minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) is the lowest concentration of antimicrobial agent that results in a 99.9 percent decline in colony count after overnight broth dilution incubations.
  8. 8. D. Effect of the site of injection on therapy • The blood Brain Barrier: this barrier is formed by the single layer of tail-like endothelial cells fused by tight junctions that impede entry from the blood to the brain of virtually all molecules, except those that are small and lipophilic. • The penetration and concentration of an antibacterial agent in the CSF is particularly influenced by the following:
  9. 9. 1. Lipid soluble drug, such as quinolones and metronidazole, have significant penetration into the CNS. • In contrast, β-lactum antibiotics, such as penicillin, are ionized at physiologic PH and have low solubility in lipids. They therefore have limited penetration through the intact blood brain barrier under normal circumstances. 2. Molecular Weight of the drug 3. Protein binding of the drug
  10. 10. E. Patient factors 1. Immune System 2. Renal Dysfunction: serum creatinine levels are frequently used as an index of renal function for adjustment of drug regimens. 3. Hepatic dysfunction 4. Poor perfusion 5. Age 6. Pregnancy 7. Lactation F. Safety of the agent G. Cost of the therapy
  11. 11. III. Route of Administration • Some antibiotics, such as Vancomycin, the aminoglycosides and amphotericin are so poorly absorbed from gastrointestinal tract that adequate serum levels can not be obtained by oral administration. • Parenteral administration is used for drugs that are poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and for the treatment of the patients with serious infections.
  12. 12. IV. Determinants of Rational Dosing • Two important pharmacodynamic properties that have a significant influence on the frequency dosing are: 1.Concentration-depending Killing 2.Post-antibiotic effect
  13. 13. V. Agents used bacterial infections • Penicillin • Cephalosporin's • Tetracycline's • Aminoglycosides • Macrolides • Fluoroquinolones • Others
  14. 14. VI. Chemotherapeutic Spectra A. Narrow-Spectrum antibiotics: Isoniazid is active only against mycobacteria B. Extended-Spectrum: Ampicillin acts against gram positive and some gram negative bacteria C. Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics: Tetracycline and chloramphenicol affect a wide variety of microbial species
  15. 15. VII. Combinations of antimicrobial drugs • Treatment of tuberculosis • Advantages of drug combinations: When infection is of unknown origin. Beta lactums and aminoglycosides show synergism • Disadvantages of drug combinations: A number of antibiotics act only when organisms are multiplying. Thus co administration of an agent that causes bacteriostasis plus a second agent that is bactericidal may result in the first drug interferring with the action of second.
  16. 16. VIII. Drug Resistance A. Genetic alterations leading to drug resistance 1. Spontaneous mutations of DNA: Emergence of rifampin-resistant Mycobacterial tuberculosis when rifampin is used as a single antibitotic. 2. DNA transfer of drug resistance B. Altered expression of proteins in drug-resistant organisms 1. Modification of target site 2. Decreased accumulation 3. Enzymic Inactivation
  17. 17. IX. Prophylactic Antibiotics X. Complications of Antibiotics Therapy 1.Hypersensitivity 2.Direct toxicity 3.Superinfections XI. Sites of Antimicrobial Actions
  18. 18. Beta-Lactam Antibiotics
  19. 19. Introduction β-Lactam antibiotics are the most widely produced and used antibacterial drugs in the world, and have been ever since their initial clinical trials in 1941. β-Lactams are divided into several classes based on their structure and function; and are often named by their origin, but all classes have a common β-Lactam ring structure.
  20. 20. Discovery of Penicillin • First discovered in 1928 by British physician Alexander Fleming • Accidental discovery of a contaminated bacterial culture • Fungus Penicillium notatum killed the culture of Staphylococcus aureus growing in the petri dish
  21. 21. Sir Alexander Fleming
  22. 22. Fleming’s Petri Dish
  23. 23. Zone of Inhibition • Around the fungal colony is a clear zone where no bacteria are growing • Zone of inhibition due to the diffusion of a substance with antibiotic properties from the fungus
  24. 24. Penicillin Today • Still the most widely used antibiotic • Still the drug of choice to treat many bacterial infections • Scientists have continued to improve the yield of the drug • Present day strains of P. chrysogenum are biochemical mutants that produce 10,000 times more penicillin than Fleming's original isolate
  25. 25. Mechanism of Action Target- Cell Wall Synthesis The bacterial cell wall is a cross linked polymer called peptidoglycan which allows a bacteria to maintain its shape despite the internal turgor pressure caused by osmotic pressure differences. If the peptidoglycan fails to crosslink the cell wall will lose its strength which results in cell lysis. All β-lactams disrupt the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall by interfering with the transpeptidase which catalyzes the cross linking process.
  26. 26. Peptidoglycan Peptidoglycan is a carbohydrate composed of alternating units of NAMA and NAGA. The NAMA units have a peptide side chain which can be cross linked from the L-Lys residue to the terminal D-Ala-D-Ala link on a neighboring NAMA unit. This is done directly in Gram (-) bacteria and via a pentaglycine bridge on the L-lysine residue in Gram (+) bacteria.
  27. 27. Mechanism
  28. 28. Transpeptidase- PBP The cross linking reaction is catalyzed by a class of transpeptidases known as penicillin binding proteins. A critical part of the process is the recognition of the D-Ala-D-Ala sequence of the NAMA peptide side chain by the PBP. Interfering with this recognition disrupts the cell wall synthesis. β-lactams mimic the structure of the D-Ala-D-Ala link and bind to the active site of PBPs, disrupting the cross-linking process.
  29. 29. Mechanism of β-Lactam Drugs The amide of the β-lactam ring is unusually reactive due to ring strain and a conformational arrangement which does not allow the lone pair of the nitrogen to interact with the double bond of the carbonyl. β-Lactams acylate the hydroxyl group on the serine residue of PBP active site in an irreversible manner.
  30. 30. Mechanism of β-Lactam Drugs The hydroxyl attacks the amide and forms a tetrahedral intermediate.
  31. 31. Mechanism of β-Lactam Drugs The tetrahedral intermediate collapses, the amide bond is broken, and the nitrogen is reduced.
  32. 32. Mechanism of β-Lactam Drugs The PBP is now covalently bound by the drug and cannot perform the cross linking action.
  33. 33. Bacterial Resistance Bacteria have many methods with which to combat the effects of β-lactam type drugs. • Intrinsic defenses such as efflux pumps can remove the β-lactams from the cell. • β-Lactamases are enzymes which hydrolyze the amide bond of the β-lactam ring, rendering the drug useless. • Bacteria may acquire resistance through mutation at the genes which control production of PBPs, altering the active site and binding affinity for the β-lactam .
  34. 34. Range of Activity β-Lactams can easily penetrate Gram (+) bacteria, but the outer cell membrane of Gram (-) bacteria prevents diffusion of the drug. β-Lactams can be modified to make use of import porins in the cell membrane. β-Lactams also have difficulty penetrating human cell membranes, making them ineffective against atypical bacteria which inhabit human cells. Any bacteria which lack peptidoglycan in their cell wall will not be affected by β-lactams.
  35. 35. Toxicity β-Lactams target PBPs exclusively, and because human cell membranes do not have this type of protein β-lactams are relatively non toxic compared to other drugs which target common structures such as ribosomes. About 10% of the population is allergic (sometimes severely) to some penicillin type β- lactams.
  36. 36. Classes of β-Lactams The classes of β-lactams are distinguished by the variation in the ring adjoining the β-lactam ring and the side chain at the α position. Penicillin
  37. 37. Modification of β-Lactams β-Lactam type antibiotics can be modified at various positions to improve their ability to: -be administered orally (survive acidic conditions) -be tolerated by the patient (allergies) -penetrate the outer membrane of Gram (-) bacteria -prevent hydrolysis by β-lactamases -acylate the PBPs of resistant species (there are many different PBPs)
  38. 38. Penicillins- Natural Natural penicillins are those which can be obtained directly from the penicillium mold and do not require further modification. Many species of bacteria are now resistant to these penicillins. Penicillin G not orally active
  39. 39. Penicillin G in Acidic Conditions Penicillin G could not be administered orally due to the acidic conditions of the stomach.
  40. 40. Penicillin V Penicillin V is produced when phenoxyacetic acid rather than phenylacetic acid is introduced to the penicillium culture. Adding the oxygen decreases the nucleophilicity of the carbonyl group, making penicillin V acid stable and orally viable.
  41. 41. Production All commercially available β-lactams are initially produced through the fermentation of bacteria. Bacteria assemble the penicillin molecule from L-AAA, L- valine, and L-cysteine in three steps using ACV (L-δ-(α- aminoadipoyl)-L-cysteinyl-D-valine) synthase, IPN (Isopenicillin N ) synthase, and acyltransferase. Modern recombinant genetic techniques have allowed the over expression of the genes which code for these three enzymes, allowing much greater yields of penicillin than in the past.
  42. 42. Penicillin Biosynthetic Pathway
  43. 43. o
  44. 44. Semi-Synthetic Penicillins The acyl side chain of the penicillin molecule can be cleaved using enzyme or chemical methods to produce 6-APA, which can further be used to produce semi- synthetic penicillins or cephalosporins 75% of the penicillin produced is modified in this manner.
  45. 45. Penicillins- Antistaphylococcal Penicillins which have bulky side groups can block the β-Lactamases which hydrolyze the lactam ring.
  46. 46. Penicillins- Antistaphylococcal These lactamases are prevalent in S. aureus and S. epidermidis, and render them resistant to Penicillin G and V. This necessitated the development of semi- synthetic penicillins through rational drug design. Methicillin was the first penicillin developed with this type of modification, and since then all bacteria which are resistant to any type of penicillin are designated as methicillin resistant. (MRSA- methicillin-resistant S. aureus)
  47. 47. Penicillins- Antistaphylococcal Methicillin is acid sensitive and has been improved upon by adding electron withdrawing groups, as was done in penicillin V, resulting in drugs such as oxacillin and nafcillin. Due to the bulky side group, all of the antistaphylococcal drugs have difficulty penetrating the cell membrane and are less effective than other penicillins. Oxacillin Nafcillin
  48. 48. Penicillins- Aminopenicillins In order to increase the range of activity, the penicillin has been modified to have more hydrophilic groups, allowing the drug to penetrate into Gram (-) bacteria via the porins. Ampicillin R=Ph Amoxicillin R= Ph-OH
  49. 49. Penicillins- Aminopenicillins These penicillins have a wider range of activity than natural or antistaphylococcal drugs, but without the bulky side groups are once again susceptible to attack by β-lactamases The additional hydrophilic groups make penetration of the gut wall difficult.
  50. 50. Penicillins- Aminopenicillins Due to the effectiveness of the aminopenicillins, a second modification is made to the drug at the carboxyl group. Changing the carboxyl group to an ester allows the drug to penetrate the gut wall where it is later hydrolyzed into the more polar active form by esterase enzymes. This has greatly expanded the oral availability of the aminopenicillin class.
  51. 51. Penicillins- Extended Spectrum Extended spectrum penicillins are similar to the aminopenicillins in structure but have either a carboxyl group or urea group instead of the amine
  52. 52. Penicillins- Extended Spectrum Like the aminopenicillins the extended spectrum drugs have an increased activity against Gram (-) bacteria by way of the import porins. These drugs also have difficulty penetrating the gut wall and must be administered intravenously if not available as a prodrug. These are more effective than the aminopenicillins and not as susceptible to β-lactamases
  53. 53. Cephalosporins • Cephalosporins were discovered shortly after penicillin entered into widespread product, • First discovered in 1945 from a Cephalosporium fungi • but not developed till the 1960’s.
  54. 54. Chemical structure of cephalosporins • Cephalosporins are similar to penicillins but have a 6 member dihydrothiazine ring instead of a 5 member thiazolidine ring. • Derived from 7-aminocephalosporanic acid. 7-aminocephalosporanic acid (7-ACA) can be obtained from bacteria, but it is easier to expand the ring system of 7-APA because it is so widely produced. • They suffer the “attack” of bacteria at their beta-lactam ring.
  55. 55. Cephalosporins Unlike penicillin, cephalosporins have two side chains which can be easily modified. Cephalosporins are also more difficult for β-lactamases to hydrolyze.
  56. 56. Mechanism of ActionMechanism of Action N O HHH NR O S CO2H O C Me O 7 OH Ser Enzyme -CH3CO2 - N O HHH NR O S CO2H O Ser Enzyme NoteNote The acetoxy group acts as a good leaving group and aids the mechanismThe acetoxy group acts as a good leaving group and aids the mechanism
  57. 57. Cephalosporins, Classification Cephalosporins are divided into four generations with original agents being referred to as first-generation cephalosporins, and the most recent agents as fourth-generation cephalosporins In general, the spectrum of activity of cephalosporins increases with each generation because of decreasing susceptibility to bacterial β-lactamases
  58. 58. First-Generation Cephalosporins Examples: cephradine, cephalexin, cephadroxil, cephapirin They are active against most staphylococci, pneumococci, and all streptococci, with the important exception of enterococci Their activity against aerobic G-ve bacteria and against anaerobes is limited They act as penicillin G substitutes. They are resistant to β- lactamase They distribute widely throughout the body, but do not penetrate well into the CSF (not used for meningitis) They should not be given to patients with a history of immediate- type hypersensitivity reactions to penicillins
  59. 59. Second-Generation Cephalosporins They have a broader bacteriologic spectrum than do the first-generation agents They are more resistant to β-lactamase than the first-generation drugs For example, cefamandole, cefuroxime, and cefaclor not only are more active against G-ve enteric bacteria but are active against both β-lactamase-negative and -positive strains of H. influenzae Excretion is primarily renal, and they distribute widely. However, they do not attain sufficient concentrations in the CSF to warrant their use in the treatment of bacterial meningitis
  60. 60.  Third-Generation Cephalosporins  These agents retain much of the G+ve activity of the first two generations, although their anti- staphylococcal activity is reduced. They are remarkably active against most G-ve enteric isolates  Some third-generation cephalosporins (e.g., ceftazidime and cefoperazone) also are active against most isolates of P. aeruginosa  These antibiotics diffuse well into most tissues (e.g., cefotaxime and ceftriaxone  Indications include suspected bacterial meningitis and treatment of hospital-acquired multiple-resistant G-ve aerobic infections and suspected infections in certain compromised hosts  Ceftriaxone is the drug of choice in treating infections caused by N. gonorrhoeae in geographic areas with a high incidence of penicillin-resistant isolates Cephalosporins, Classification
  61. 61.  Fourth-Generation Cephalosporins  This generation of cephalosporins (such as cefepime, cefpirome) combines the anti- staphylococcal activity (but only those that are methicillin-susceptible) of first- generation agents with the G-ve spectrum (including Pseudomonas) of third-generation cephalosporins  This class of cephalosporins have increased stability against hydrolysis by β- lactamases Cephalosporins, Classification  These drugs are usually administrated parenterally  They demonstrated good penetration into CSF compared to cefotaxime  They are highly active against common pediatric meningeal pathogens, including Streptococcus pneumoniae. Their in vitro activity against penicillin-resistant pneumococci is generally twice that of cefotaxime or ceftriaxone  Fourth-generation agents are particularly useful for the empirical treatment of serious infections in hospitalized patients when gram-positive microorganisms, Enterobacteriaceae, and Pseudomonas all are potential etiologies
  62. 62.  Fifth-Generation Cephalosporins  These are novel cephalosporins with activity against MRSA  Example: Ceftaroline  Ceftaroline, the active metabolite of a N-phosphono prodrug, ceftaroline fosamil, has been recently approved by the US FDA for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia  This antimicrobial agent binds to penicillin binding proteins (PBP) inhibiting cell wall synthesis and has a high affinity for PBP2a, which is associated with methicillin resistance  Ceftaroline is consistently active against multidrug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains Cephalosporins, Classification
  63. 63. Carbapenems Carbapenems are a potent class of β-lactams which attack a wide range of PBPs, have low toxicity, and are much more resistant to β-lactamases than the penicillins or cephalosporins.
  64. 64. Carbapenems Thienamycin, discovered by Merck in the late 1970’s, is one of the most broad spectrum antibiotics ever discovered. It uses import porins unavailable to other β- lactams to enter Gram (-) bacteria. Due to its highly unstable nature this drug and its derivatives are created through synthesis, not bacterial fermentation.
  65. 65. Carbapenems Thienamycin was slightly modified and marked as Imipenem. Due to its rapid degradation by renal peptidase it is administered with an inhibitor called cilastatin under the name Primaxin. Imipenem may cause seizures or sever allergic reactions. Other modifications of Thienamycin have produced superior carbapenems called Meropenem and Ertapenem, which are not as easily degraded by renal peptidase and do not have the side effects of Imipenem.
  66. 66. Monobactams have a monocyclic β-lactam ring and are resistant to β-lactamases.
  67. 67.  Aztreonam was isolated from Chromobacterium violaceum .  Aztreonam is the first clinically useful monobactam.  The antimicrobial activity of Aztreonam differs from those of other β-lactam antibiotics and more closely resembles that of an aminoglycosides in activity without the nephrotoxicity of aminoglycosides. Aztreonam
  68. 68. Clinical uses of aztreonam Active against G- aerobes only Alternative for penicillins ( piperacillin ) and cephalosporins ( ceftazidime ) allergic pts for G- infections Safe alternative to aminoglycosides, esp. in elderly and pts with renal impairements
  69. 69. β-Lactamases β-Lactamases were first discovered in 1940 and originally named penicillinases. These enzymes hydrolyze the β-lactam ring, deactivating the drug, but are not covalently bound to the drug as PBPs are. Especially prevalent in Gram (-) bacteria. Three classes (A,C,D) catalyze the reaction using a serine residue, the B class of metallo- β- lactamases catalyze the reaction using zinc.
  70. 70. β-Lactamase Inhibitors There are currently three clinically available β-lactamase inhibitors which are combined with β-lactams; all are produced through fermentation. These molecules bind irreversibly to β-lactamases but do not have good activity against PBPs. The rings are modified to break open after acylating the enzyme.
  71. 71. β-Lactam/Inhibitor combinations Aminopenicillins: ampicillin-sulbactam = Unasyn amoxicillin-clavulante = Augmentin Extended-Spectrum Penicillins piperacillin-tazobactam = Zosyn ticarcillin-clavulanate = Timentin
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