The streptogramin A antibiotics have proven to be highly active against Gram positive bacteria, particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Members of this group of compounds are characterized by a 23-membered macrocycles containing polyene, oxazole, amide and ester functionality. The chemistry and biology of these valuable antimicrobial agents is covered.
Keywords: Antibiotics, biosynthetic origin, mode of action, total synthesis, synthetic studies
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