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A group of often glycosylated macrocyclic compounds formed by chain extension of multiple PROPIONATES cyclized into a large (typically 12, 14, or 16)-membered lactone. Macrolides belong to the POLYKETIDES class of natural products, and many members exhibit ANTIBIOTIC properties.

Year introduced: 1996

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Tree Number(s): D02.540.505, D02.540.576.500, D04.345.674.500

MeSH Unique ID: D018942

Entry Terms:

  • Macrolide

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