Comparative activities of amikacin against Mycobacterium avium complex in nude and beige mice

Nacer Lounis, Baohong Ji, Chantal Truffot-Pernot, Jacques Grosset

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After 4 weeks of treatment, clarithromycin (CLAR) and amikacin showed similar antimicrobial activities against the Mycobacterium avium complex in mice. There was a difference, however, in the effectiveness of the drugs in different types of mice: both drugs displayed bactericidal effects in beige mice but only bacteriostatic effects in nude mice. Because the effectiveness of CLAR is less in nude mice than in beige mice, the predictive value of the nude mouse model for the efficacy of chemotherapy is less than that of the beige mouse model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1168-1169
Number of pages2
JournalAntimicrobial agents and chemotherapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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