- A member of the aminoglycoside antibiotics
- Broad spectrum, active against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria
- Kanamycin was first isolated from Streptomyces kanamyceticus in 1957 in Japan by Umezawa and co-workers.
- Naturally isolated Kanamycin from Streptomyces kanamyceticus is a mixture of at least three related compounds: Kanamycin A, Kanamycin B, and Kanamycin C. Kanamycin A is the major component in this mixture.
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