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Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1991 Feb;35(2):234-6.

Mureidomycin A, a new inhibitor of bacterial peptidoglycan synthesis.

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  • 1Fermentation Research Laboratories, Sankyo Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.


Mureidomycin A (MRD), a novel peptidylnucleoside antibiotic with antipseudomonal activity, inhibited not only peptidoglycan synthesis but also lipid-intermediate formation from UDP-N-acetylmuramyl (MurNAc)-pentapeptide and UDP-N-acetylglucosamine in an in vitro peptidoglycan-synthesizing system, using ether-treated cells of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Both types of inhibition by MRD disappeared when UDP-MurNAc-pentapeptide was preincubated with ether-treated cells. Moreover, MRD completely inhibited lipid-intermediate I (undecaprenyl-p-p-MurNAc-pentapeptide) formation at a concentration below the MIC. From these results, it was concluded that the real target of MRD's action was translocase, which catalyzes lipid-intermediate I formation from UDP-MurNAc-pentapeptide and a lipid carrier.

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