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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004 Jan 16;313(3):541-5.

Evaluation of penicillin-based inhibitors of the class A and B beta-lactamases from Bacillus anthracis.

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Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


Bacillus anthracis contains a class A (Bla1) and class B (Bla2) beta-lactamase, which confer resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics when expressed in Escherichia coli. In an effort to find new beta-lactamase inhibitors, several penicillin derivatives have been evaluated including experimental compounds incorporating a 6-mercaptomethyl group or a 6-pyridylmethylidene group, along with clavulanate and tazobactam, as inhibitors against Bla1 and Bla2. The 6-mercaptomethyl-substituted penicillins showed much greater activity against the zinc-containing Bla2 than Bla1. The compound that incorporated a 6-pyridylmethylidene substituent and a catecholic substituent at the 2' position was the most effective inhibitor of Bla1 with Ki=0.057 microM. Inhibitors containing iron-chelating functional groups have previously been shown to work in combination with antibiotics to inhibit growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria expressing beta-lactamase. The development of similar compounds, incorporating these types of substituents, may help overcome resistance to currently used antibiotics.

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