Antibiotic of the week: Amoxicillin

Antibiotic Pollution Index: 411 (12 October 2017) What is the Antibiotic Pollution Index? What it does Amoxicillin works against gram-positive bacteria (bacteria with only one cell membrane). Few gram-negatives (which have two membranes) are also sensitive to it. This drug blocks the formation of the cell wall and kills the bacterial cell. It is often […]

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Antibiotic of the week: Trimethoprim

Antibiotic Pollution Index: 471 (12 October 2017) What is the Antibiotic Pollution Index? What it does This drug blocks the propagation of bacteria, by interfering with folic acid synthesis. Folic acid is important for a number of processes, one of which is building up DNA. With trimethoprim, the bacterial cell number cannot increase, because DNA […]

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Antibiotic of the week: Norfloxacin

Antibiotic Pollution Index: 273 ( 29 September 2017) What is the Antibiotic Pollution Index? What it does Bacterial cell division is an important feature of developing, or maintaining, an (infectious) bacterial population. Norfloxacin binds the bacterial DNA replication machinery and thereby prevents cell division. This leads to cell death in many different types of bacteria, […]

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