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Intracellular Activity of Antibiotics in a Model of Human THP-1 Macrophages Infected by a Staphylococcus aureus Small-Colony Variant Strain Isolated from a Cystic Fibrosis Patient: Pharmacodynamic Evaluation and Comparison with Isogenic Normal-Phenotype and Revertant Strains▿ †

By Hoang Anh Nguyen, Olivier Denis, Anne Vergison, Anne Theunis, Paul M. Tulkens, Marc J. Struelens and Françoise Van Bambeke


Small-colony variant (SCV) strains of Staphylococcus aureus show reduced antibiotic susceptibility and intracellular persistence, potentially explaining therapeutic failures. The activities of oxacillin, fusidic acid, clindamycin, gentamicin, rifampin, vancomycin, linezolid, quinupristin-dalfopristin, daptomycin, tigecycline, moxifloxacin, telavancin, and oritavancin have been examined in THP-1 macrophages infected by a stable thymidine-dependent SCV strain in comparison with normal-phenotype and revertant isogenic strains isolated from the same cystic fibrosis patient. The SCV strain grew slowly extracellularly and intracellularly (1- and 0.2-log CFU increase in 24 h, respectively). In confocal and electron microscopy, SCV and the normal-phenotype bacteria remain confined in acid vacuoles. All antibiotics tested, except tigecycline, caused a net reduction in bacterial counts that was both time and concentration dependent. At an extracellular concentration corresponding to the maximum concentration in human serum (total drug), oritavancin caused a 2-log CFU reduction at 24 h; rifampin, moxifloxacin, and quinupristin-dalfopristin caused a similar reduction at 72 h; and all other antibiotics had only a static effect at 24 h and a 1-log CFU reduction at 72 h. In concentration dependence experiments, response to oritavancin was bimodal (two successive plateaus of −0.4 and −3.1 log CFU); tigecycline, moxifloxacin, and rifampin showed maximal effects of −1.1 to −1.7 log CFU; and the other antibiotics produced results of −0.6 log CFU or less. Addition of thymidine restored intracellular growth of the SCV strain but did not modify the activity of antibiotics (except quinupristin-dalfopristin). All drugs (except tigecycline and oritavancin) showed higher intracellular activity against normal or revertant phenotypes than against SCV strains. The data may help rationalizing the design of further studies with intracellular SCV strains

Topics: Pharmacology
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
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