Population Pharmacodynamics of Amphotericin B Deoxycholate for Disseminated Infection Caused by Talaromyces marneffei.


Amphotericin B deoxycholate (DAmB) is a first-line agent for the initial treatment of talaromycosis. However, little is known about the population pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of DAmB for talaromycosis. Pharmacokinetic data were obtained from 78 patients; among them, 55 patients had serial fungal CFU counts in blood also available for analysis. A population pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic model was fitted to the data. The relationships between the area under the concentration-time curve (AUC)/MIC and the time to blood culture sterilization and the time to death were investigated. There was only modest pharmacokinetic variability in the average AUC, with a mean ± standard deviation of 11.51 ± 3.39 mg·h/liter. The maximal rate of drug-induced kill was 0.133 log10 CFU/ml/h, and the plasma concentration of the DAmB that induced the half-maximal rate of kill was 0.02 mg/liter. Fifty percent of patients sterilized their bloodstreams by 83.16 h (range, 13 to 264 h). A higher initial fungal burden was associated with a longer time to sterilization (hazard ratio [HR], 0.51; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.36 to 0.70; P < 0.001). There was a weak relationship between AUC/MIC and the time to sterilization, although this did not reach statistical significance (HR, 1.03; 95% CI, 1.00 to 1.06, P = 0.091). Furthermore, there was no relationship between the AUC/MIC and time to death (HR, 0.97; 95% CI, 0.88 to 1.08; P = 0.607) or early fungicidal activity {slope = log[(0.500 - 0.003·(AUC/MIC)]; P = 0.319} adjusted for the initial fungal burden. The population pharmacokinetics of DAmB are surprisingly consistent. The time to sterilization of the bloodstream may be a useful pharmacodynamic endpoint for future studies. (This study has been registered at the ISRCTN registry under no. ISRCTN59144167.).





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Le, Thuy, Vo Trieu Ly, Nguyen Thi Mai Thu, Ashley Nguyen, Nguyen Tat Thanh, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Guy Thwaites, John Perfect, et al. (2019). Population Pharmacodynamics of Amphotericin B Deoxycholate for Disseminated Infection Caused by Talaromyces marneffei. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 63(2). pp. e01739–18. 10.1128/AAC.01739-18 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/18492.

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Thuy Le

Associate Professor of Medicine

John Robert Perfect

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Research in my laboratory focuses around several aspects of medical mycology. We are investigating antifungal agents (new and old) in animal models of candida and cryptococcal infections. We have examined clinical correlation of in vitro antifungal susceptibility testing and with in vivo outcome. Our basic science project examines the molecular pathogenesis of cryptococcal infections. We have developed a molecular foundation for C. neoformans, including transformation systems, gene disruptions, differential gene expression screens, and cloning pathogenesis genes. The goal of this work is to use C. neoformans as a model yeast system to identify molecular targets for antifungal drug development. There are a series of clinical trials in fungal infections which are being coordinated through this laboratory and my work also includes a series of antibiotic trials in various aspects of infections. Finally, we have now been awarded a NIH sponsored Mycology Unit for 5 years with 6 senior investigators which is focused on C. neoformans as a pathogenic model system, but will include multiple areas of medical mycology from diagnosis to treatment.

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