The aminoglycosides (streptomycin, neomycin, netilmicin, tobramycin, gentamicin, amikacin, etc.) bind irreversibly to the 16S rRNA in the 30S subunit of bacterial ribosomes. It has been proposed that some aminoglycosides prevent the transfer of the peptidyl tRNA from the A-site to the P-site, thus preventing the elongation of the polypeptide chain.
Flash animation illustrating Aminoglycosides Interfering with
the Translocation of tRNA from the A-site to the P-site.swf by Gary E. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology, The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
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Last updated: September, 2018
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