How Does Penicillin Work?

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Penicillin operates by dissolving the cell wall of bacteria, dispersing its cytoplasm and other cell systems. One essential component of the bacterial cell wall is transpeptidase, which accepts molecules of penicillin as a substrate attachment. The penicillin activates, preventing peptidoglycan reactions that strengthen links in the cell wall. This leads inevitably to cytolysis and cell death
1 Additional Answer
Penicillin first used in WWII was considered a wonder drug as it commonly was used to treat battle wounds. It works by compromising the structure of the bacterial cell wall and is ultimately destroyed.
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