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peptidoglycan

peptidoglycan in Medicine

peptidoglycan pep·ti·do·gly·can (pěp'tĭ-dō-glī'kən, -kān')
n.
A polymer found in the cell walls of prokaryotes that consists of polysaccharide and peptide chains in a strong molecular network. Also called mucopeptide, murein.

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  • Cephalosporins disrupt the synthesis of the peptidoglycan layer of bacterial cell walls.
  • They are also abundant components of the peptidoglycan cell walls of bacteria.

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