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Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2012 Jun;56(6):3388-91. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00103-12. Epub 2012 Mar 19.

Activity of oxacillin versus that of vancomycin against oxacillin-susceptible mecA-positive Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates evaluated by population analyses, time-kill assays, and a murine thigh infection model.

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Department of Microbiology, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece.


We compared the activity of dicloxacillin with that of vancomycin against 15 oxacillin-susceptible, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (OS-MRSA) clinical isolates. By population analyses, we found that 6 OS-MRSA isolates were able to grow in the presence of up to 8 μg/ml dicloxacillin and 9 isolates were able to grow in 12 to >32 μg/ml dicloxacillin; all isolates grew in up to 2 μg/ml vancomycin. Both drugs exhibited similar bactericidal activities. In experimental infections, the therapeutic efficacy of dicloxacillin was significant (P < 0.05 versus untreated controls) in 10 OS-MRSA isolates and vancomycin was effective (P < 0.05) against 12 isolates; dicloxacillin had an efficacy that was comparable to that of vancomycin (P > 0.05) in 8 isolates. The favorable response to dicloxacillin treatment might suggest that antistaphylococcal penicillins could be used against OS-MRSA infections.

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