Learning Objectives for "Using Antibiotics and Chemical Agents to Control of Bacteria"
B. Ways in which our Control Agents Affect Bacteria

After completing this section you should be able to perform the following objectives.

1**. Describe 6 different ways antibiotics or disinfectants may affect bacterial structures or macromolecules and state how each ultimately causes harm to the cell.

2*. State which of the following groups of antibiotics: 1) inhibit peptidoglycan synthesis; 2) inhibit nucleic acid synthesis; 3) alter bacterial 30S ribosomal subunits blocking translation; or 4) alter bacterial 50S ribosomal subunits blocking translation.

a. macrolides (erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, dirithromycin, troleandomycin, etc.), oxazolidinones (linezolid), and streptogramins

b. penicillins, monobactams, carbapenems, cephalosporins, and vancomycin

c. fluoroquinolones (norfloxacin, lomefloxacin, fleroxacin, ciprofloxacin, enoxacin, trovafloxacin, etc.), sulfonamides and trimethoprim, and metronidazole

d. aminoglycosides (streptomycin, neomycin, netilmicin, tobramycin, gentamicin, amikacin, etc.) and tetracyclines (tetracycline, doxycycline, demeclocycline, minocycline, etc.)

3. State two modes of action for disinfectants, antiseptics, and sanitizers.

(*) = Common theme throughout the course

(**) = More depth and common theme






Gary E. Kaiser, Ph.D.
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The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
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