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antibiotic obtained from lichens is nystatin usnic acid polymixin virdin usnic acid

antibiotic obtained from lichens is
  1. nystatin usnic acid
  2. polymixin
  3. virdin
  4. usnic acid

Grade:12th pass

1 Answers

Apoorva Arora IIT Roorkee
askIITians Faculty 181 Points
7 years ago
The correct option is 2.
Polymyxins are antibiotics, with a general structure consisting of a cyclic peptide with a long hydrophobic tail. They disrupt the structure of the bacterial cell membrane by interacting with its phospholipids. They are produced by nonribosomal peptide synthetase systems in Gram-positive bacteria such as Paenibacillus polymyxa and are selectively toxic for Gram-negative bacteria due to their specificity for the lipopolysaccharide molecule that exists within many Gram-negative outer membranes.

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