So I'm in the library studying pharmaceutical microbiology. Everything was kinda strange but now I'm beginning to see the clear picture of what exactly pharmaceutical microbiology is all about. To my understanding, I think it is the use of our knowledge of microorganisms in modern day medicine. The genetic make-up, their interaction with the environment and habitat as well as their cell structure all play a part in this discovery.
Here is what I learned;
Antibiotics don't affect human cells because bacteria cell have a smaller Svedberg unit than that of the human cell.
The Svedberg's value is the unit of sedimentation coefficient protein I.e the measure of the velocity of a protein in a centrifuge. Antibiotics are made to only attack those units( 70s). Another point here is that the appendages (structures for movement and attachments) are not the target for antibiotics but the cell envelope of the microorganisms which is broken down by the antibiotics causing the microorganism to burst and die.
Drugs can inhibit protein synthesis because they block the signals that excite protein synthesis thereby interrupting the biological activities. Also learned that proteins can be denatured by heat and that is why heat is also used to denature cell membranes. The cell membrane is the site attraction of most drugs. I'm gonna stop here so I don't bore some of you guys who aren't conversant with this, but now you know a little bit about drugs as it relates to microbiology.
I'm still learning and there's so much to know, I do hope you join me on another study session.
If you have any question to ask, I'd be glad to answer them in the comment section.💡