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Similarly, mutations in RNA polymerase can cause resistance to rifampin and related drugs. These mutations occur at a high enough rate (one in a million to one in 10 million bacterial cells) that resistance to these drugs often develops readily. Keep in mind that, with some bacterial infections, a person may harbor more than one billion bacteria. Among those bacteria, between 100 and 1,000 would be expected to have a mutation that would result in resistance to that particular antibiotic. A COMPLETE REMODEL OF THE CELL WALL Vancomycin is an antibiotic that targets the bacterial cell wall, preventing it from forming properly.
Mutations in these proteins can prevent penicillin and related drugs from binding to them, but these proteins still function in stitching together the bacterial cell wall. For many antibiotics that bind to the ribosome, methylation (the addition of a chemical group, CH3) of specific ribosomal RNA allows the ribosome to continue to function in making proteins, but prevents antibiotics from binding to, and inhibiting the action of the ribosome. Ribosomal methylation is a resistance mechanism against streptomycin, erythromycin, streptogramins, and other antibiotics.
Consequently, this leads to a loss of new protein synthesis. Since a continuous supply of new proteins is typically required for cellular survival, these antibiotics cause the death of the bacterial cell. KEEPING BACTERIA HUNGRY—INHIBITING BIOCHEMICAL PATHWAYS Folic acid is an essential vitamin that is required for many chemical reactions inside cells. Humans get folic acid from our diet; bacteria make their own from scratch. This difference helps explain why another group of antibiotics, the sulfonamides, are able to selectively kill bacteria.