Model of Teixobactin Targeting and Resistance

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A model of teixobactin targeting and resistance. The teixobactin producer is a Gram-negative bacterium protected from this compound by exporting it across the outer membrane permeability barrier (upper panel). In target Gram-positive organisms lacking an outer membrane, the targets are readily accessible on the outside where teixobactin binds precursors of peptidoglycan (PG) and WTA. CM, cytoplasmic membrane; CW, cell wall; OM, outer membrane; T, teixobactin. (Credit: Nature).