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Vet Res Commun. 2018 Jun;42(2):121-130. doi: 10.1007/s11259-018-9714-4. Epub 2018 Feb 16.

Effectiveness of the sesquiterpene (-)-α-bisabolol in dogs with naturally acquired canine leishmaniosis: an exploratory clinical trial.

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1
Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Granada, Campus de Cartuja, Granada, 18011, Spain. victorianocl@gmail.com.
2
Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Granada, Campus de Cartuja, Granada, 18011, Spain.
3
ANLAVE Laboratorio de Análisis Veterinario, Avenida de Pulianas 15, 18013, Granada, Spain.
4
Departamento de Farmacología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Granada, Campus de Cartuja, Granada, 18011, Spain.
5
Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Granada, Campus de Cartuja, Granada, 18011, Spain. joaquina@ugr.es.

Abstract

The use of natural products is a promising approach for treating visceral leishmaniosis. (-)-α-Bisabolol is a sesquiterpene that have been proved active in vivo on Leishmania infantum-infected mice without showing toxicity. A single-centre, parallel-group, randomized, exploratory study was designed to assess its efficacy in a canine leishmaniosis model involving naturally infected dogs. In this clinical trial, 12 dogs were allocated into two groups and were treated with either meglumine antimoniate (100 mg/kg) through subcutaneous route or (-)-α-bisabolol (30 mg/kg) through oral route for two treatment series of 30 days, separated by a 30-day interval. A 4-month follow-up period was established as well. Parasite loads in bone marrow, lymph node and blood were estimated through quantitative PCR. Antibody titres were determined through immunofluorescence antibody test and cytokine expression values were estimated through real-time reverse transcription-PCR. Treatment safety was assessed through the evaluation of weight, gastrointestinal alterations and hematological and biochemical parameters in blood. Analyses were performed before and after treatment, and after a 4-months follow-up period. Treatment with the sesquiterpene was effective at decreasing parasite loads and increasing gamma-interferon expression level. Dogs treated with (-)-α-bisabolol did not show any toxicity sign. These results were better than those obtained using the reference drug, meglumine antimoniate. The natural compound seemed to induce a Th1 immune response that led to parasitological and clinical improvement without showing any safety issue, suggesting a high potential for the treatment of canine and human visceral leishmaniosis.

KEYWORDS:

(-)-α-bisabolol; Canine leishmaniosis; Oral route; Sesquiterpene; Treatment

PMID:
29453596
DOI:
10.1007/s11259-018-9714-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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