Genetics of antibiotic resistance

Sebastian G. B. Amyes

in Antibacterial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199581368
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191740428 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Infectious Diseases Library

Genetics of antibiotic resistance

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Mutations leading to resistance and the concept of the mutant prevention concentration (MPC).

Bacterial plasmids as the transporters of resistance genes.

The role of transposons and integrons in bringing the correct combination of resistance genes to a bacterium undergoing clinical treatment.

The plasmid–bacterium relationship as a marriage of convenience.

Chapter.  1565 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Infectious Diseases

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