Original Publication Date: 15 May, 2017
Publication / Source: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Authors: McGeary RP, Tan DTC & Schenk G
The global overuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of drug-resistant pathogenic bacteria. Bacteria can combat β-lactams by expressing β-lactamases. Inhibitors of one class of β-lactamase, the serine-β-lactamases, are used clinically to prevent degradation of β-lactam antibiotics. However, a second class of β-lactamase, the metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs), function by a different mechanism to serine-β-lactamases and no inhibitors of MBLs have progressed to be used in the clinic.