Effects of miconazole/clotrimazole and praziquantel combinations against the liver fluke Opisthorchis felineus in vivo and in vitro

Maria Y. Pakharukova, Yuri V. Pakharukov, Viatcheslav A. Mordvinov

Результат исследования: Научные публикации в периодических изданияхстатьярецензирование

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The liver fluke Opisthorchis felineus (Rivolta, 1884) is the causative agent of opisthorchiasis felinea in Eurasia. Opisthorchiasis is a serious human and fish-eating animal’s disease affecting bile ducts and the gall bladder. Currently, the main drug for specific therapy of opisthorchiasis is praziquantel. We have previously shown that azole inhibitors of O. felineus cytochrome P450 significantly reduced survival of the worms in vitro. Here, we studied in vitro anthelmintic effects of drug combinations involving azole substances approved by the US Food and Drug Administration together with praziquantel against adult or juvenile O. felineus liver flukes. A synergistic interaction was shown for praziquantel-clotrimazole (CI = 0.68) combination and for praziquantel-miconazole (CI = 0.68) combination against adult helminths in vitro. Praziquantel-miconazole (CI = 0.30) had a strongly synergistic effect against newly excysted metacercariae. We also tested anthelmintic effects of azole substances and their combinations with praziquantel in vivo in an animal model of chemotherapy. The treatment of juvenile worms (1 day postinfection) with 100 mg/kg miconazole resulted in a worm burden reduction (WBR) of 37.5% (P = 0.049), with 100 mg/kg clotrimazole causing a WBR of 31.25% (P = 0.025). The treatment of adult worms (5–6 weeks postinfection) with 100 mg/kg or 200 mg/kg miconazole yielded a WBR of 23.8% (P = 0.01) and 21.4% (P = 0.006), respectively. When praziquantel was administered together with clotrimazole or with miconazole, a WBR slightly greater than the effect of ED50 praziquantel was observed (WBR of 59.5 and 54.7%, respectively). In conclusion, the synergistic effect of the praziquantel-clotrimazole and praziquantel-miconazole combinations observed in vitro was not confirmed in vivo. Thus, this combination chemotherapy revealed no benefits over praziquantel monotherapy in the treatment of opisthorchiasis felinea.

Язык оригиналаанглийский
Страницы (с-по)2327-2331
Число страниц5
ЖурналParasitology Research
Номер выпуска7
СостояниеОпубликовано - 1 июл. 2018


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