In vitro studies of activities of the antifungal triazoles SCH56592 and itraconazole against Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans, and other pathogenic yeasts

J. N. Galgiani, M. L. Lewis

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Abstract

We investigated the effects of various assay conditions on the activities of two triazole antifungal drugs, SCH56592 and itraconazole, against seven species of fungi by the broth macrodilution testing procedure proposed by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS). For both drugs, which are insoluble in water, the concentration and type of solubilizing agent produced differences in drug activity. Starting inoculum size differences from 102 to 105 yeast cells per ml resulted in approximately a fourfold effect on the MIC of both drugs, but other significant differences were not observed with variations in synthetic medium composition, pH, buffering reagent, or incubation temperature. Under standardized conditions of reference method M27-T with 1% polyethylene glycol as the solubilizing agent, median MICs of SCH56592 and itraconazole of 60 and 125 ng/ml, respectively, were demonstrated for 110 strains (12 to 23 strains for each of seven species). Broth microdilution results were typically severalfold higher than broth macrodilution results. We conclude that the NCCLS standard reference method can be applied without modification to the testing of SCH56592 and itraconazole, but particular attention to solubilizing the agents is critical to obtaining consistent results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-183
Number of pages4
JournalAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Volume41
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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