Penicillin Resistance: How Penicillin-Resistant Bacteria Avoid Destruction


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Which of these is NOT a strategy that is known to make bacteria resistant to penicillin?

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1. How can the secretion of beta-lactamases protect bacteria from penicillin?

2. Jennifer has a cut in her leg, which has become infected by Staphylococcus bacteria. Which type of antibiotic would definitely work against the Staphylococcus bacteria?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can use this quiz and corresponding worksheet to check what you know about how penicillin works, mechanisms of bacterial resistance and different types of antibiotics to combat these mechanisms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Ways in which bacteria becomes resistant to penicillin
  • The essential part of the penicillin molecule
  • Antibiotic that would work against Staphylococcus bacteria
  • Definitions of penicillin-binding protein and broad-spectrum penicillin

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding various ways in which bacteria can resist penicillin and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as penicillin-binding protein and broad-spectrum penicillin
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about modifications to penicillin to fight resistance

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Penicillin Resistance: How Penicillin-Resistant Bacteria Avoid Destruction. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provide a brief overview of infections and antibiotics
  • Identify penicillin
  • Define penicillin resistance
  • Explain ways in which bacteria can become resistant to penicillin
  • List and detail drugs that are designed to overcome penicillin resistance