Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Curr Opin Microbiol. 2002 Jun;5(3):338-42.

Streptococcus pneumoniae as a genomics platform for broad-spectrum antibiotic discovery.

Author information

  • 1Infectious Diseases Research and Clinical Investigation, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana 46285, USA.


Streptococcus pneumoniae is a useful tool for the discovery of broad-spectrum antibiotics because of its genetic malleability and importance as a pathogen. Recent publications of complete chromosomal DNA sequences for S. pneumoniae facilitate rapid and effective use of genomics-based technology to identify essential genes encoding new targets for antibacterial drugs. These methods include computational comparative genomics, gene disruption studies to determine essentiality or identify essential genes, and gene expression analysis using microarrays and gel-based proteomics. We review how genomics has transformed the use of the pneumococcus for the pursuit of new antibiotics, and made it the best species for the identification and validation of new antibiotic targets.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk