Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Antimicrobial Drug Action

  • T. J. Franklin
  • G. A. Snow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. T. J. Franklin, G. A. Snow
    Pages 15-41
  3. T. J. Franklin, G. A. Snow
    Pages 43-59
  4. T. J. Franklin, G. A. Snow
    Pages 61-76
  5. T. J. Franklin, G. A. Snow
    Pages 77-96
  6. T. J. Franklin, G. A. Snow
    Pages 97-106
  7. T. J. Franklin, G. A. Snow
    Pages 119-131
  8. T. J. Franklin, G. A. Snow
    Pages 133-157
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 159-166

About this book


The rapid advances made in the study of the synthesis, structure and function of biological macromole­ cules in the last fifteen years have enabled scientists concerned with antimicrobial agents to achieve a considerable measure of understanding of how these substances inhibit cell growth and division. The use of antimicrobial agents as highly specific inhibitors has in turn substantially assisted the investigation of complex biochemical processes. The literature in this field is so extensive, however, that we considered an attempt should be made to draw together in an introductory book the more significant studies of recent years. This book, which is in fact based on lecture courses given by us to undergraduates at Liverpool and Manchester Universities, is therefore intended as an introduction to the biochemistry of antimicrobial action for advanced students in many disciplines. We hope that it may also be useful to established scientists who are new to this area of research. The book is concerned with a discussion of medically important antimicrobial compounds and also a number of agents that, although having no medical uses, have proved invaluable as research tools in bio­ chemistry. Our aim has been to present the available information in a simple and readable way, empha­ sizing the established facts rather than more controversial material. Whenever possible, however, we have indicated the gaps in the present knowledge of the subject where further information is required.


biochemistry biology chemistry molecular biology specific inhibitors

Authors and affiliations

  • T. J. Franklin
    • 1
  • G. A. Snow
    • 1
  1. 1.Zeneca PharmaceuticalsAlderley Park, Macclesfield, CheshireUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-82190-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9127-5
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