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Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 Aug 15;180(4):371-6. doi: 10.1164/rccm.200904-0611OC. Epub 2009 Jun 11.

Addition of PNU-100480 to first-line drugs shortens the time needed to cure murine tuberculosis.

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Center for Tuberculosis Research, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21231, USA.



We recently reported strong bactericidal activity of the oxazolidinone PNU-100480 and its ability to increase the initial bactericidal effect of various combinations of first-line tuberculosis drugs and moxifloxacin in a murine model.


To investigate whether the addition of PNU-100480 to the standard first-line regimen of rifampin, isoniazid, and pyrazinamide could shorten the duration of treatment necessary to prevent relapse after treatment discontinuation.


Following aerosol infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv and a 13-day incubation period, control mice were treated with the first-line regimen while test mice received the same regimen with PNU-100480 or linezolid added for the first 2 or 4 months. Efficacy was assessed on the basis of quantitative cultures of lung homogenates performed monthly during treatment and 3 months after completion of 3, 4, 5, or 6 months of treatment to determine the relapse rate.


After 2 months of treatment, mice receiving PNU-100480 in addition to the first-line regimen had lung CFU counts two orders of magnitude lower than control mice receiving the first-line regimen alone. Relapse rates after 4 months of treatment were 90, 35, and 5% when PNU-100480 was added to the first-line regimen for 0, 2, and 4 months, respectively. When the total treatment duration was 3 months, relapse rates were 85 and 35 to 45% when mice received PNU-100480 for 2 and 3 months, respectively; all control mice remained culture positive at the time of treatment completion with 17 to 72 CFU per lung. Addition of linezolid to the first-line regimen had an antagonistic effect resulting in higher CFU counts and failure to render mice culture-negative in 4 months of treatment.


Together with previous findings, these results confirm that PNU-100480, which is now in Phase I clinical testing, has sterilizing activity in the murine model and suggest that it may be capable of shortening treatment duration for drug-susceptible as well as drug-resistant tuberculosis in humans.

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