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Clindamycin Chemical Structure

CAS No. 18323-44-9

Clindamycin inhibits protein synthesis by acting on the 50S ribosomal, used for the treatment of bacterial infections.

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Description Clindamycin inhibits protein synthesis by acting on the 50S ribosomal, used for the treatment of bacterial infections.
In vitro

Clindamycin is a semisynthetic analogue of lincomycin. Clindamycin primarily inhibits the initiation of peptide chain synthesis by deregulating enzyme-catalyzed initiation of peptide bounds. Clindamycin appears to have a modest effect on protein synthesis by certain mammalian cells. [1] Clindamycin is active against most gram-positive aerobic bacteria. Clindamycin is about eight times more active than lincomycin against Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumonia. Clindamycin is four times more active than erythromycin against S. aureus and is active even against strains that are resistant to erythromycin, penicillin, and methicillin. Clindamycin is active against gram-positive anaerobes. Clindamycin highly activates against Bacteroides specie. [2] Clindamyci also alters the bacterial surface in such a way that phagocytosis and intracellular killing of the bacteria is greatly facilitated. Clindamycin potentiates opsonization and phagocytosis. [4]

In vivo Clindamycin (50mg/kg daily administrated by intramuscular) increases the survival rate of monkeys infected with penicillin-resistant S. aureu to 87.5% (7/8). [5] Clindamycin (40 mg/kg administrated three times daily) protects 87.5% (7/8) of rabbits from anaerobic pulmonary infections induced by transtracheal inoculation of a mixture of B. fragillis, Streptococcus morbillorm, Fusobacterium nucleatum and Eubacterium lentum. [6] Clindamycin (400 mg/kg treated by mixed in the diet) increases survival rate of mice infected with the Toxoplasma gondii to 100%, while all animals die in untreated group. [7]


Solubility (25°C)

In vitro DMSO 85 mg/mL (200.0 mM)
Water Insoluble
Ethanol '85 mg/mL

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Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 424.98


CAS No. 18323-44-9
Storage powder
in solvent
Synonyms N/A
Smiles CCCC1CC(N(C1)C)C(=O)NC(C2C(C(C(C(O2)SC)O)O)O)C(C)Cl

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Clinical Trial Information

NCT Number Recruitment interventions Conditions Sponsor/Collaborators Start Date Phases
NCT04946500 Active not recruiting -- Prosthetic Joint Infection|Staphylococcus University Hospital Brest May 15 2021 --
NCT04220918 Recruiting -- Medication Adherence|Medication Reaction Children''s Hospital of Philadelphia|National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)|Monell Chemical Senses Center February 14 2020 --
NCT03845790 Recruiting Other: Blood and microdialysis samples Surgical Site Infection Poitiers University Hospital May 26 2019 Phase 1
NCT02782078 Completed Biological: Clindamycin and rifampicin dosages Staphylococcal Infections Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris March 6 2017 Not Applicable

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