Bacterial resistance to vancomycin: five genes and one missing hydrogen bond tell the story

Chem Biol. 1996 Jan;3(1):21-8. doi: 10.1016/s1074-5521(96)90079-4.


A plasmid-borne transposon encodes enzymes and regulator proteins that confer resistance of enterococcal bacteria to the antibiotic vancomycin. Purification and characterization of individual proteins encoded by this operon has helped to elucidate the molecular basis of vancomycin resistance. This new understanding provides opportunities for intervention to reverse resistance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology*
  • Bacteria / drug effects*
  • Bacteria / genetics
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial / genetics
  • Genes, Bacterial*
  • Hydrogen Bonding
  • R Factors
  • Signal Transduction
  • Vancomycin / pharmacology*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Vancomycin