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In S. aureus, two main resistance mechanisms come into play. Resistant strains contain penicillin-degrading enzymes called ß-lactamases. In addition, in strains resistant to methicillin, an alternate cell wall enzyme is produced, which doesn’t bind penicillin antibiotics. Production of ß-lactamases is turned off in the absence of penicillin and related antibiotics. However, when penicillin is present, it binds to a protein “antenna” on the surface of the bacterial cell, a protein capable of recognizing small amounts of penicillin in the environment.
In one of these methods, called the disc diffusion or Kirby-Bauer method, the antibiotics are impregnated into paper discs. The discs are then placed onto an agar medium, on which the pathogen is plated (plating means spreading the bacteria over the surface of an agar medium). As the pathogen replicates, the antibiotic diffuses into the medium. Because of diffusion, the concentration of antibiotics in the medium is lower further from the disc. The next day, the laboratory technician measures the sizes of the zones around the discs.
But if each individual bacterial strain had to start from scratch in developing resistance, it would take a long time for antibiotic resistance to become a major health problem. The transfer of antibiotic resistance genes between different strains or species of bacteria speeds up this process. 4).