Potential scorpionate antibiotics: Targeted hydrolysis of lipid II containing model membranes by vancomycin–TACzyme conjugates and modulation of their antibacterial activity by Zn-ions Academic Article uri icon


  • The antibiotic vancomycin—that binds lipid II in the bacterial cell membrane—was conjugated to a mono- and tetravalent mimic of the tris-histidine catalytic triad of metalloenzymes. Targeted hydrolysis by the conjugate was observed using model membranes containing lipid II, and in vitro MIC-values of the targeted mimic constructs could be modulated by Zn-ions.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009