Reappraising the use of β-lactams to treat tuberculosis

Sebastian G. Kurz, Robert A. Bonomo

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The emergence of multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis calls for novel approaches to treatment. Recent studies have shown that BlaC, the β-lactamase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is the major determinant of β-lactam resistance. This review invites the reader to explore evidence in order to answer the questions: can β-lactam and β-lactamase inhibitors adequately treat M. tuberculosis infection and are they a viable option in the management of resistant tuberculosis today?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1006
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • ampicillin/clavulanate
  • clavulanic acid
  • l,d transpeptidases
  • penicillin-binding protein
  • β-lactam
  • β-lactamase


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