does penicillin (beta-lactamase inhibitors) affect viruses?

Richard P. Grant see_sig at cmtech.co.delete.uk
Tue Dec 1 12:05:19 EST 1998


In article <3662B0F3.FFFB13FC at nbnet.nb.ca>, pcolton <pcolton at nbnet.nb.ca> wrote:

> I am wondering if anyone has any knowledge of any studies or evidence to
> 
> suggest that penicillin (beta-lactamase inhibitors) may have an effect
> on viruses of any sort?
> 
> Would greatly appreciate any help with this.

What would one propose to be the action of pencillin on a virus?  Think
cell walls.

Beta-lactamase is an enzyme that destroys penicillin, btw.  Penicillin (+
derivatives) inhibits glycopeptide transpeptidase.

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