DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7459-7_19
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Abstract: The quinolones are potent antibacterials that act by forming complexes with DNA and either gyrase or topoisomerase IV. These ternary complexes, called cleaved complexes because the DNA moiety is broken, block replication, transcription, and bacterial growth. Cleaved complexes readily form in vitro when gyrase, plasmid DNA, and quinolone are combined and incubated; complexes are detected by the linearization of plasmid DNA, generally assayed by gel electrophoresis. The stability of the complexes can be assessed…

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