Fig. 15: The Role of Tetracyclines in Blocking Translation
during Bacterial Protein Synthesis

The tetracyclines (tetracycline, doxycycline, demeclocycline, minocycline, etc.) block bacterial translation by binding reversibly to the 16S rRNA in the 30S subunit and distorting it in such a way that the anticodons of the charged tRNAs cannot align properly with the codons of the mRNA.

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