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IUPAC name: see chemistry section
Synonyms: Kantrex®
Formula: C21H39N7O12

 Uses: antibiotic drug

 Properties: aminoglycoside

 Hazards: see drug interactions

Mass (g/mol): CAS #:
581.5741 57-92-1

Streptomycin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic produced by the soil actinomycete Streptomyces griseus used to treat Gram-negative aerobic bacteria such as Acinetobacter, Enterobacter and Pseudomonas and some mycobacteria, including those that cause tuberculosis. Aminoglycoside antibiotics are mostly ineffective against anearobic bacteria, fungi and viruses, but can be used from Gram-positive bacteria, although better antibiotic treatment options exist for them.

Mechanism of action

Aminoglycosides bind to four specific nucleotides in the 16S rRNA around nucletide 1400 and one amino acid in the S12 protein of the 30S ribosomal subunit. This interferes with decoding site in the vicinity of nucleotide 1400 in 16S rRNA of 30S subunit. This interferes with the formation of an initiation complex and leads to misreading of mRNA and incorporation of incorrect amino acids into the polypeptide, which in turns leads to nonfunctional or toxic peptides and the breakup of polysomes into nonfunctional monosomes.


Its IUPAC chemical name is 2-[(1S,2R,3R,4S,5R,6R)-5-(diaminomethylideneamino)-2-[(2R,3R,4R,5S)-3-[(2S,3S,4S,5R, 6S)-4,5-dihydroxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)-3-methylaminooxan-2-yl]oxy-4-formyl-4-hydroxy-5-methyloxolan-2-yl]oxy-3,4,6-trihydroxycyclohexyl]guanidine and it has chemical formula C21H39N7O12, giving it a molecular mass of 581.5741 g/mol.

External links

The most up-to-date information about Streptomycin and other drugs can be found at the following sites.