Efficacy of SCH 39304 in treatment of experimental invasive aspergillosis

T. F. Patterson, D. George, R. Ingersoll, P. Miniter, V. T. Andriole

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The efficacy of SCH 39304 (SCH) against Aspergillus fumigatus was assessed with an immunosuppressed, temporarily leukopenic rabbit model of invasive aspergillosis. Therapy with SCH at 10 or 15 mg/kg of body weight per day was begun 24 h after lethal challenge and compared with therapy with amphotericin B at 1.5 mg/kg/day. Compared with untreated controls, SCH reduced mortality and also reduced the tissue burden of A. fumigatus 100- to 1,000-fold in liver, kidney, and lung tissues. SCH at 15 mg/kg/day and amphotericin B eliminated A. fumigatus in liver, kidney, and lung tissues. In addition, both dosages of SCH significantly eliminated the organism from brain tissues, compared with controls. Both SCH and amphotericin B decreased or eliminated circulating aspergillus antigen. These results show that new azoles can be as effective as amphotericin B in eradicating the organism from tissues and offer promise in improving the treatment of invasive aspergillosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1985-1988
Number of pages4
JournalAntimicrobial agents and chemotherapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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