Polymyxin B sulfate

meets USP testing specifications

Polymyxin B sulfate salt
Empirical Formula (Hill Notation):
C55H96N16O13 · 2H2SO4
Número de CAS:
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Quality Level


meets USP testing specifications

Featured Industry

Pharmaceutical (small molecule)

Mode of action

cell membrane | interferes

antibiotic activity spectrum

Gram-negative bacteria
Gram-positive bacteria

storage temp.




InChI key


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General description

Chemical structure: peptide


Polymyxin B sulfate is a strongly cationic cyclic polypeptide antibiotic that is derived from fermentation of Bacilus polymyxa. It is a mixture of B1 and B2 sulfate. The product has been used clinically to treat infections of the urinary tract, meninges and blood stream caused by susceptible strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It also has uses studying multidrug-resistant pathogens, as an immobilized agent for removal of endotoxins, and to induce pore formation in the membranes of cortex cells from excised sorghum roots.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Mode of Action: Polymyxin B Sulfate binds to the lipid A portion of bacterial lipopolysaccharides†, disrupting the cytoplasmic membrane by inducing pores large enough to permit nucleotide leakage in bacterial walls. This disrupts the permeability of the cytoplasmic membrane.

Antimicrobial spectrum: Has bactericidal action on most gram-negative bacilli††, including E. Coli and on most fungi and gram-positive bacteria.


This product is packaged in a bottomless glass bottle, with its contents inside an inserted fused cone.


As supplied, the product should be stored at 2-8°C in the dark. No change was observed in retained samples after three years′ of storage in these conditions. Stock solutions should be sterile filtered and stored at 2-8°C. They are stable at 37°C for 5 days.

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


Flash Point F

Not applicable

Flash Point C

Not applicable

  1. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  2. How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?

    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

  3. What is MU and how does this relate to milligrams?

    MU is million units. You can convert this to mg by dividing package size by the unit activity listed on the Certificate of Analysis for your specific lot.

  4. What is the solution stability of Product P0972, Polymyxin B sulfate?

    For solution stability information, please refer to the product information sheet for a related Polymyxin B sulfate product (Product No. P1004).

  5. I see that you list several Polymyxin B Sulfate products (P0972, P1004, P4932, 81334 and P4119). What are the differences?

    The primary difference between the products is the testing. Product P0972 is USP tested, product P4932 is tested against 3 mammalian cell lines to make sure it is not toxic to the cells, product P4119 is cell culture and endotoxin tested, and products P1004 and 81334 are the research grades with P1004 in USP units and 81334 in international units.  

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  7. What is the Department of Transportation shipping information for this product?

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Martti Vaara et al.
The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy, 73(2), 452-455 (2017-11-18)
Extremely multiresistant strains of Enterobacteriaceae, such as those of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, are emerging and spreading at a worrisome speed. Polymyxins (polymyxin B, colistin) are used as last-line therapy against such strains, in spite of their notable nephrotoxicity...
Mei-Ling Han et al.
ACS chemical biology, 13(1), 121-130 (2017-11-29)
Polymyxins are last-line antibiotics against life-threatening multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Unfortunately, polymyxin resistance is increasingly reported, leaving a total lack of therapies. Using lipidomics and transcriptomics, we discovered that polymyxin B induced lipid A deacylation via pagL in both polymyxin-resistant and...
Martti Vaara et al.
Peptides, 91, 8-12 (2017-03-17)
Recent years have brought in an increased interest to develop improved polymyxins. The currently used polymyxins, i.e. polymyxin B and colistin (polymyxin E) are pentacationic lipopeptides that possess a cyclic heptapeptide part with three positive charges, a linear "panhandle" part...
Amit Kumar et al.
Scientific reports, 7, 39925-39925 (2017-01-05)
To become clinically effective, antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) should be non-cytotoxic to host cells. Piscidins are a group of fish-derived AMPs with potent antimicrobial and antiendotoxin activities but limited by extreme cytotoxicity. We conjectured that introduction of cationic residue(s) at the...
Angelo Frei et al.
Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 26(13), 2852-2858 (2019-12-04)
New antibiotics and innovative approaches to kill drug-resistant bacteria are urgently needed. Metal complexes offer access to alternative modes of action but have only sparingly been investigated in antibacterial drug discovery. We have developed a light-activated rhenium complex with activity...

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