Comparative efficacies of different antibiotic treatments to eradicate nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae infection.

Nonencapsulated and nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) is a major cause of human respiratory tract infections. Some strains of NTHi can cause invasive diseases such as septicemia and meningitis, even if H. influenzae is not generally considered to be an intracellular pathogen. There have been very few reports about the therapeutic efficacy of antibiotics against respiratory tract infection caused by NTHi in mice because it is difficult for H. influenzae to infect mice. Therefore, we evaluated the efficacy of antibiotics against NTHi in both a cell culture model and a mouse model of infection.
We used six strains of NTHi isolated from adult patients with chronic otitis media, namely three beta-lactamase-negative ampicillin (AMP)-resistant (BLNAR) strains and three beta-lactamase-negative AMP-susceptible (BLNAS) strains, to evaluate the efficacy of AMP, cefcapene (CFPN), levofloxacin (LVX), clarithromycin (CLR), and azithromycin (AZM) in both a cell culture infection model and a mouse infection model. In the cell culture infection model, strains that invade A549 human alveolar epithelial cells were treated with each antibiotic (1 mug/ml). In the mouse infection model, female C57BL/6 mice were intraperitoneally injected with cyclophosphamide (200 mg/kg) three days before intranasal infection with 1 x 109 colony-forming units (CFU) of NTHi and on the day of infection. After infection, the mice were orally administered each antibiotic three times daily for three days, except for AZM, which was administered once daily for three days, at a dose of 100 mg/kg/day.
In the cell culture infection model, it was found that two BLNAR strains were able to enter the cell monolayers by the process of macropinocytosis, and treatment with LVX yielded good bactericidal activity against both strains inside the cells. In the mouse infection model, no bacteria were detected by means of plating the lung homogenates of LVX-treated mice at day 4 after infection, while more than 105 CFU of bacteria per tissue sample were detected in nontreated mice.
Our findings show the outcome and rich benefits of fluoroquinolone treatment of respiratory infections caused by either invasive or noninvasive BLNAR strains of NTHi.
AuthorsYukie Sekiya, Masahiro Eguchi, Masahiko Nakamura, Kimiko Ubukata, Satoshi Omura, Hidenori Matsui
JournalBMC infectious diseases (BMC Infect Dis) Vol. 8 Pg. 15 ( 2008) ISSN: 1471-2334 [Electronic] England
PMID18254980 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
Chemical References
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Animals
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents (therapeutic use)
  • Cell Line
  • Colony Count, Microbial
  • Cytosol (microbiology)
  • Female
  • Haemophilus Infections (drug therapy)
  • Haemophilus influenzae (drug effects, isolation & purification)
  • Humans
  • Lung (microbiology)
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Microbial Viability
  • Respiratory Tract Infections (drug therapy, microbiology)

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