Inhibitors of Cell Wall Synthesis: Bacitracin, Vancomycin & Mycobacteria-specific Drugs


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1. What unique cell wall structure do mycobacteria have that Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria do not?

2. Which of these statements is FALSE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to determine what the inhibitors of cell wall synthesis are in this quiz and corresponding worksheet. Terms you will need to be quizzed on include cephalosporin and peptidoglycan.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to assess your knowledge of:

  • Mycobacteria
  • Cephalosporin
  • Differences between penicillins and cephalosporins
  • Bacitracin

Skills Practiced

Use these assessment tools to practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding cell way synthesis and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing concepts - compare and contrast different topics, such as cephalosporins and penicillins
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve inhibitor practice problems

Additional Learning

To learn more about inhibitors, review the accompanying lesson on Inhibitors of Cell Wall Synthesis: Bacitracin, Vancomycin & Mycobacteria-Specific Drugs. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Determine what peptidoglycan does
  • Examine why the discovery of penicillin was so important
  • Define mycolic acids
  • Compare and contrast cephalosporins and penicillins