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NCI Drug Dictionary

NCI Drug Dictionary

  

cefazolin sodium 
The sodium salt of cefazolin, a beta-lactam antibiotic and first-generation cephalosporin with bactericidal activity. Cefazolin binds to and inactivates penicillin-binding proteins (PBP) located on the inner membrane of the bacterial cell wall. Inactivation of PBPs interferes with the cross-linkage of peptidoglycan chains necessary for bacterial cell wall strength and rigidity, which results in the weakening of the bacterial cell wall and cell lysis. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
US brand names:Ancef
Kefzol
Code name:SKF 41558
Chemical structure:(6R-trans)-3-(((5-methyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)thio)methyl)-8-oxo-7-(((1H-tetrazol-1-yl)acetyl)amino)-5-thia-1-azabicyclo(4.2.0)oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid, sodium salt