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Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2018 May 25;62(6). pii: e02556-17. doi: 10.1128/AAC.02556-17. Print 2018 Jun.

In Vitro and In Vivo Activities of DS-2969b, a Novel GyrB Inhibitor, and Its Water-Soluble Prodrug, DS11960558, against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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Department of Microbiology, Daiichi Sankyo India Pharma Private Limited, Gurgaon, Haryana, India.
Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.
Department of Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism, Daiichi Sankyo India Pharma Private Limited, Gurgaon, Haryana, India.
Department of Microbiology, Daiichi Sankyo India Pharma Private Limited, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Contributed equally


DS-2969b is a novel GyrB inhibitor under clinical development. In this study, the in vitro activity of DS-2969b and the in vivo activities of DS-2969b and its water-soluble prodrug, DS11960558, against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) were evaluated. DS-2969b inhibited the supercoiling activity of S. aureus DNA gyrase and the decatenation activity of its topoisomerase IV. DS-2969b showed antibacterial activity against Gram-positive aerobes but not against Gram-negative aerobes, except for Moraxella catarrhalis and Haemophilus influenzae DS-2969b was active against MRSA with an MIC90 of 0.25 μg/ml, which was 8-fold lower than that of linezolid. The presence of a pulmonary surfactant did not affect the MIC of DS-2969b. DS-2969b showed time-dependent slow killing against MRSA. The frequency of spontaneous resistance development was less than 6.2 × 10-10 in all four S. aureus isolates at 4× MIC of DS-2969b. In a neutropenic MRSA-induced murine muscle infection model, DS-2969b was more efficacious than linezolid by both the subcutaneous and oral routes. DS-2969b and DS11960558 showed efficacy in a neutropenic murine MRSA lung infection model. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of DS-2969b and DS11960558 against MRSA were characterized in a neutropenic murine thigh infection model; the percentage of time during the dosing period in which the free drug concentration exceeded the MIC (fTMIC) correlated best with in vivo efficacy, and the static percent fTMIC was 43 to 49%. A sufficient fTMIC was observed in a phase 1 multiple-ascending-dose study of DS-2969b given orally at 400 mg once a day. These results suggest that DS11960558 and DS-2969b have potential for use as intravenous-to-oral step-down therapy for treating MRSA infections with a higher efficacy than linezolid.


DNA gyrase; Staphylococcus aureus; animal models; methicillin resistance; pharmacodynamics; pharmacokinetics

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