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β -Lactams

By Hans P. Schlecht, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine ; Christopher Bruno, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine

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β-Lactams are antibiotics that have a β-lactam ring nucleus. Subclasses include

All β-lactams bind to and inactivate enzymes required for bacterial cell wall synthesis.