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Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2009 Aug;53(8):3236-9. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00228-09. Epub 2009 Jun 15.

In vitro activity of TR-700, the active ingredient of the antibacterial prodrug TR-701, a novel oxazolidinone antibacterial agent.

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Micromyx, 4717 Campus Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA.


TR-701 is the prodrug of the microbiologically active molecule TR-700, a novel orally and intravenously administered oxazolidinone antibacterial agent. The in vitro activity of TR-700 was evaluated against 1,063 bacterial clinical isolates including staphylococci, enterococci, streptococci, Moraxella catarrhalis, Haemophilus influenzae, and a variety of anaerobic bacterial species. The test strains were recent (2005 to 2008) clinical isolates from diverse U.S. (80%) and non-U.S. (20%) sites. MIC assays were conducted using reference broth microdilution and agar dilution methods with the principal comparators linezolid and vancomycin. TR-700 was four- to eightfold more potent than linezolid against staphylococci and generally fourfold more potent against enterococci and streptococci. TR-700 was less active against M. catarrhalis and H. influenzae but was twofold more active than linezolid. Against anaerobic species, the activity of TR-700 was equivalent to or up to fourfold higher than that of linezolid. These results indicate that TR-700 is a promising new oxazolidinone antibacterial agent with greater in vitro potency than linezolid against clinically important gram-positive bacteria.

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