University Chemistry ›› 2021, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (10): 2106050.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202106050

Special Issue: 化学科普(2021)

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The Journey of Vancomycin in the World

Pufan Qian, Ping Lü()   

  • Received:2021-06-21 Accepted:2021-07-14 Published:2021-08-09
  • Contact: Ping Lü


As the first molecule found in glycopeptide antibiotic family, vancomycin has been considered as the last line of defense for multidrug-resistant Gram-positive bacteria for a long time. In this paper, we utilized several short stories from different narrative perspectives to summarize the whole process of discovery and development of vancomycin. Furthermore, we also introduced some biochemical and organic concepts related to vancomycin at the same time.

Key words: Vancomycin, Gram-positive bacteria, Actinomycetes, Glycopeptide antibiotics


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