Published in Blood Weekly, July 15th, 2004
According to recent research from England, "Vancomycin is the front-line therapy for treating problematic infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and the spread of vancomycin resistance is an acute problem. Vancomycin blocks cross-linking between peptidoglycan intermediates by binding to the D-Ala-D-Ala termini of bacterial cell wall precursors, which are the substrate of transglycosylase/transpeptidase."
"We have characterized a cluster of seven genes (vanSRJKHAX) in Streptomyces coelicolor that confers inducible, high-level vancomycin resistance....
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