Antibiotics/Bacteria/Viruses (Question)

Tom C. cigolott at nbnet.nb.ca
Thu Feb 29 18:35:51 EST 1996


In message <4g33q9$prv at mark.ucdavis.edu> - rjscibienski at ucdavis.edu (Bob
Scibie
nski) writes:
+
+	Antibacterial antibiotics have their effect by blocking one
+or another of the bacterial cell's synthetic pathways.  The
+penicillins for example block cell wall synthesis, the
+streptomycins and kanamycins interfere with protein
+synthesis, etc.
+	The few antiviral antibiotics which are available work in a
+similar manner.  However, since most of the synthesis of the
+components of most viruses is carried out by host cell
+enzymes, finding non-toxic antivirals is difficult.
+
+Bob S.
+

Way back there were three types of ABs;

bacteriacidal

bacteristatic

????????---can't remember the third

Do these characterizations still stand ?

TIA
regards
tom c.






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