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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Effect of gemifloxacin on viability of Chlamydia pneumoniae (Chlamydophila pneumoniae) in an in vitro continuous infection model.

Persistent infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae (Chlamydophila pneumoniae) has been implicated in the development of atherosclerosis, asthma and other chronic diseases. However, data on treatment of C. pneumoniae infections are limited. Microbiological failure of antimicrobial therapy has been described, even after prolonged courses of treatment with azithromycin, doxycycline and erythromycin. Gemifloxacin is an enhanced-affinity fluoroquinolone with excellent activity against most common respiratory pathogens, including C. pneumoniae. The effect of prolonged treatment with gemifloxacin, compared with azithromycin, on viability of C. pneumoniae was investigated in a continuous infection model. Gemifloxacin at final con-centrations of 0.25 and 2.5 mg/L reduced the viability of C. pneumoniae by 5 log(10), which was similar to the effect of azithromycin. However, both antimicrobials failed to completely eliminate C. pneumoniae from continuously infected cells, even after 30 days of treatment. Both antibiotics decreased levels of interleukin-6 and interleukin-8 in this model, but this effect appeared to be secondary to the antichlamydial activity, as the cytokine levels correlated with the concentrations of microorganisms.[1]


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