Glycopeptides are high molecular weight drugs consisting of protein and sugar. By binding to the carboxyl end of the pentapeptide, they sterically block the attachment to the peptidoglycan network. This disruption in the cell wall enables water to enter the cell.

Glycopeptides are used in treatment of MRSA and resistant coagulase-negative Staphylococci. Adverse effects of vancomycin include nausea, fever and rash.


Glycopeptides are commonly used against Gram-negative bacteria.


Glycopeptides are bactericidal.