The Cyclic Lipopeptide Antibiotics

Part of the Topics in Medicinal Chemistry book series (TMC, volume 26)


The cyclic lipopeptides comprise a number of clinically relevant classes of antibiotics that date back from the discovery of the polymyxins in 1947 to the recent introduction of the semi-synthetic lipoglycopeptides. These natural products and natural product derivatives most often originate from soil-inhabiting and/or plant-derived producing organisms. The cyclic lipopeptides consist of peptide macrocycles that are acylated with a fatty acid lipid, and show great structural diversity owing to their nearly exclusive non-ribosomal synthesis production and/or post-translational modification. This review presents a summary of the main classes of cyclic lipopeptide antibiotics with regard to their characteristic structural features, modes of action, clinical relevance, and the onset of bacterial resistance.


Bacitracin Colistin Daptomycin Lantibiotics Lipopeptides Mode of action Polymyxin Ramoplanin Resistance Teicoplanin Teixobactin 


Statement of Clarity

L. H. J. Kleijn and N. I. Martin declare competing financial interests as both authors are co-founders of Karveel Pharmaceuticals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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