VT-1161 protects mice against oropharyngeal candidiasis caused by fluconazole-susceptible and -resistant Candida albicans

VT-1161 protects mice against oropharyngeal candidiasis caused by fluconazole-susceptible and -resistant Candida albicans

Author: Break TJ, Desai JV, Natarajan M, Ferre EMN, Henderson C, Zelazny AM, Siebenlist U, Hoekstra WJ, Schotzinger RJ, Garvey EP, Lionakis MS

Date: 29 November 2017

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:
Candida albicans, the most common human fungal pathogen, causes chronic mucosal infections in patients with inborn errors of IL-17 immunity that rely heavily on chronic, often lifelong, azole antifungal agents for treatment. However, a rise in azole resistance has predicated a need for developing new antifungal drugs.
OBJECTIVES:
To test the in vitro and in vivo efficacy of VT-1161 and VT-1129 in the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis with azole-susceptible or -resistant C. albicans strains.
METHODS:
MICs of VT-1161, VT-1129 and nine licensed antifungal drugs were determined for 31 Candida clinical isolates. The drug concentrations in mouse serum and tongues were measured following oral administration. IL-17-signalling-deficient Act1-/- mice were infected with fluconazole-susceptible or fluconazole-resistant C. albicans strains, and the amount of mucosal fungal burden was determined after fluconazole or VT-1161 treatment.
RESULTS:
Fourteen isolates (45%) were not fluconazole susceptible (MIC ≥4 mg/L). VT-1161 and VT-1129 showed significant in vitro activity against the majority of the 31 mucosal clinical isolates (MIC50 0.03 and 0.06 mg/L, respectively), including Candida glabrata (MIC50, 0.125 and 0.25 mg/L, respectively). After oral doses, VT-1161 and VT-1129 concentrations in mouse serum and tongues were well above their MIC50 values. VT-1161 was highly effective as treatment of both fluconazole-susceptible and -resistant oropharyngeal candidiasis in Act1-/- mice.
CONCLUSIONS:
VT-1129 and VT-1161 exhibit significant in vitro activity against Candida strains, including fluconazole-resistant C. albicans and C. glabrata. VT-1161 administration in mice results in significant mucosal drug accumulation and eradicates infection caused by fluconazole-susceptible and -resistant Candida strains.

Link to DOI:

https://www.doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkx352


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