What functional groups are present in the antibiotic penicillin?

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There are two amide groups. a carboxylate ion, and a thioether.

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The structure of Penicillin G is

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The functional groups are:

  • at #1#, a thioether
  • at #4,7,8#, an amide
  • at #11,12,13#, a carboxylate ion
  • at #14,15#, an amide

The 5-membered ring is called a thiazolidine ring.

An amide that is part of a 4-membered ring is called a β-lactam.

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