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Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2005 Apr;25(4):302-7.

Comparative activity of quinolones, macrolides and ketolides against Legionella species using in vitro broth dilution and intracellular susceptibility testing.

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VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, VA Medical Center, Infectious Disease Section, University Drive C, Pittsburgh, PA 15240, USA.


The comparative in vitro activity of quinolones (trovafloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, moxifloxacin and grepafloxacin), ketolides (ABT-773 and telithromycin) and macrolides (clarithromycin, azithromycin and erythromycin) were evaluated against Legionella pneumophila by broth dilution and an HL-60 intracellular model. The MIC90 of the quinolones, clarithromycin and ABT-773 were more than eight times lower than for erythromycin. Telithromycin, ABT-773 and azithromycin had significantly greater intracellular activity against L. pneumophila than erythromycin at 1xMIC and 8xMIC. The rank order of intracellular activity against L. pneumophila serogroup 1 was quinolones>ketolides>macrolides. Clinical trials to determine the clinical efficacy of ketolides for the treatment of Legionnaires' disease are warranted.

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