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- Mechanism of Action. Erythromycin and other macrolide antibiotics inhibit protein synthesis by binding to the 23S rRNA molecule (in the 50S subunit) of the bacterial ribosome blocking the exit of the growing peptide chain. of sensitive microorganisms.
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MECHANISM OR MODE OF ACTION. Erythromycin and the other macrolides generally inhibit bacterial protein synthesis by binding to the 50S ribosomal subunit of the bacterial ribosome (particularly the 23S rRNA). Binding of the 50S ribosomal subunit by erythromycin inhibits protein elongation (usually mediated by the enzyme, peptidyl transferase); and this prevents translocation of the ribosome during protein synthesis.
Aug 17, 2020 · Mechanism of action. Figure 1- Mechanism of action of Erythromycin (Source- Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews) It acts as a protein synthesis inhibitor. It binds to 50S ribosomal subunit of bacteria and inhibits protein synthesis by inhibiting translocation step.
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Mechanism of action Erythromycin displays bacteriostatic activity or inhibits growth of bacteria, especially at higher concentrations. By binding to the 50s subunit of the bacterial rRNA complex, protein synthesis and subsequent structure and function processes critical for life or replication are inhibited.
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Erythromycin Antibiotic Class: Macrolide. Antimicrobial Activity: Gram-positive bacteria, mycoplasma pneumoniae, chlamydia trachomatis, chlamydia pneumoniae, chlamydia psittaci, ureaplasma urealyticum, legionella pneumophila, campylobacter jejuni, bordatella pertussis. Mechanism of Action: Macrolides are inhibitors of protein synthesis.
Identification Name Erythromycin Accession Number DB00199 Description. Erythromycin is a bacteriostatic antibiotic drug produced by a strain of Saccharopolyspora erythraea (formerly Streptomyces erythraeus) and belongs to the macrolide group of antibiotics which consists of Azithromycin, Clarithromycin, Spiramycin and others.
Erythromycin is an antibiotic in the class of antibiotics known as macrolide antibiotics which also includes azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax) and clarithromycin . Erythromycin, like all macrolide antibiotics, prevents bacterial cells from growing and multiplying by interfering with their ability to make proteins while not affecting human cells.
- Objectives of This Review
- Summary of The Antimicrobial Action of Erythromycin
- Mechanisms of Macrolide Resistance
- Summary of The Prokinetic Action of Erythromycin A
- Risk Versus Benefits
The macrolides are a group of closely related antibiotics, mostly produced from Streptomyces.1 The most important therapeutic macrolides are characterized by a 14-, 15- or 16-membered lactone ring. Erythromycin consists of a mixture of compounds in which erythromycin A, which has a 14-member lactone ring, is the active macrolide component.2 Erythromycin, discovered in 1952,3 was the first macrolide to be introduced into clinical practice. The 14- (including erythromycin, clarithromycin and roxithromycin), 15- (including azithromycin) and 16-membered ring macrolides share a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity, exhibiting action against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Consequently, erythromycin A (and newer macrolides such as clarithromycin, roxithromycin and azithromycin) are used extensively as a major alternative to the use of penicillins and cephalosporins in many countries for the treatment of infections, especially those caused by β-haemolytic streptococci and pne...
The objectives of this review are the analysis of the data supporting the potential therapeutic benefit of erythromycin A compared with other alternatives such as metoclopramide as a prokinetic agent and the assessment of the risk of potential concomitant contribution to the emergence of macrolide resistance. As the starting point of our reasoning we will briefly: (i) outline the antimicrobial mode of action of and modes of antimicrobial resistance to erythromycin A and the other macrolides and ketolides, with particular emphasis on the streptococcal species and the Enterobacteriaceae as a reservoir of genetic elements encoding resistance; (ii) analyse the data demonstrating that increased use of macrolides contributes to the emergence of antibiotic resistance; and (iii) review the data supporting the potential therapeutic benefit of using erythromycin A against other alternatives such as metoclopramide as a prokinetic agent. We will then comment upon what recommendations should be...
Erythromycin A inhibits both formation of the 50S subunit27 and RNA-dependent protein synthesis in bacteria at the step of chain elongation by reversibly binding to the 50S ribosome subunit and blocking transpeptidation/translocation reactions.28 It can also inhibit messenger RNA (mRNA) translation at the level of the 23S rRNA (mostly interacting with domain V out of six domains I–VI) and ribosomal proteins L4 and L22, which are part of the 50S subunit.5 Erythromycin A can share common binding sites with other macrolides and other antibiotics, interfering with their binding to the ribosome. The macrolides mainly achieve inhibition of protein synthesis by binding in the exit tunnel of the ribosome where the evolving peptide is primarily formed by 23S rRNA. This tunnel is a dynamic structural component where interactions between the evolving peptide and the ribosome are taking place. These interactions influence the progression of synthesis as well as the activity of the ribosomal pep...
Bacteria possess a huge and continuously evolving variety of resistance mechanisms to antibiotics. This review is concerned with the use of macrolides and their consequent impact on emergent resistances, particularly among streptococcal species, as they are pathogens that commonly cause infections for which macrolides are indicated. It has been reported that increased antibiotic pressure caused by macrolides may be linked with increased macrolide resistance in bacteria such as streptococci,21,22,36,37 but it is also important to understand the principle that emergence of new resistances in relation to the use of a certain antibiotic may not be limited purely to the group of antibiotics to which it belongs. Cross-selection can play a crucial role in the spread of resistant clones; for example, Karl Kristinsson has demonstrated that the abundant usage of co-trimoxazole in Iceland has contributed to the spread of a penicillin-resistant clone of serotype 6 S. pneumoniae.38 It is also kn...
Mode of action of erythromycin A on the gastrointestinal system
Erythromycin A and other 14-membered ring macrolide antibiotics have a gastrointestinal motility stimulating effect; it has been known for over 20 years that they act as a motilin receptor agonist in the gut and gallbladder61,62 stimulating enteric nerves and smooth muscle and triggering a phase of the migrating myoelectric complex.63,64 The antral motor effects of erythromycin A in humans are mediated via different pathways. The induction of a premature activity front is mediated through act...
Over the last decade, pharmaceutical companies have been investing significantly less in the development of new antimicrobial agents66and we are currently facing a future where we will rely upon conserving the useful activity of our existing agents more than developing new agents in order to overcome or control the problem of resistance emergence. Therefore questions as follows need to be answered:
We find that today we live in a world where there are already areas with a high prevalence of erythromycin A resistance within our populations; whether that is the healthy adult population (with a study finding oropharyngeal carriage rates of 70% in Belgium51 and another finding rates of 94% in Spain24) or in organisms regarded as pathogens. In view of this, and the decline in the development of novel antimicrobial agents, the decision of which clinical situations it is appropriate to use antibiotics in becomes critical. We agree with Goossens et al. in that the ethics of promoting antibiotics in clinical situations in which they are unnecessary should be given serious consideration.23 The use of erythromycin A at doses far below the concentrations necessary for an inhibitory effect on susceptible bacteria provides close to ideal conditions for the induction of bacterial mutation and selection,151,152 which is the type of situation achieved at some of the doses of erythromycin A pro...
We are indebted to our colleague Paul McAndrew for his encouragements, his valuable suggestions and for critically reviewing the manuscript. We also would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions.
- Catherine V. Hawkyard, Roland J. Koerner