On the mechanism of action of vancomycin: inhibition of peptidoglycan synthesis in Gaffkya homari.

Vancomycin inhibits the synthesis of peptidoglycan in membrane preparations from Gaffkya homari with uridine diphosphate-N-acetylmuramyl (UDP-Mur-NAc)-pentapeptide as substrate, but not with either UDP-MurNAc-tetrapeptide or UDP-MurNAc-tripeptide. These results are correlated with the specificity studies described by Perkins and Nieto for complex formation… (More)