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Chemical modification of erythromycins. III. in vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities of new semisynthetic 6-O-methylerythromycins A, TE-031 (clarithromycin) and TE-032

Morimoto, S.; Nagate, T.; Sugita, K.; Ono, T.; Numata, K.; Miyachi, J.; Misawa, Y.; Yamada, K.; Omura, S.

Journal of Antibiotics 43(3): 295-305


ISSN/ISBN: 0021-8820
PMID: 2139023
DOI: 10.7164/antibiotics.43.295
Accession: 039529526

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The in vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities of 6-O-methylerythromycin A (TE-031, A-56268, or clarithromycin) and 6,11-di-O-methylerythromycin A (TE-032) have been compared with those of erythromycin A (EM) and josamycin (JM). TE-031 and TE-032, having the same antibacterial spectra as EM, are active against aerobic Gram-positive bacteria, some Gram-negative bacteria, anaerobic bacteria, L-form bacteria and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. The activity of TE-031 against clinical isolates is equal to or two times more potent than that of EM, whereas TE-032 is slightly less active than EM. The activities of TE-031 and TE-032 are pH dependent (more active at pH 8 than at 5) and are increased by adding serum to medium. TE-031 and TE-032 show dose-related bactericidal activities against Haemophilus influenzae. The therapeutic efficacies of TE-031 and TE-032 against systemic and subcutaneous infections provoked by Gram-positive bacteria in mice are 4- to 35-fold superior to those of EM and JM. TE-031 and TE-032 have demonstrated higher and longer-lasting plasma levels than EM when administered orally to mice, rats or dogs.

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