The differential effect of clarithromycin and azithromycin on induction of macrolide resistance in Mycobacterium abscessus.
Schildkraut JA., Pennings LJ., Ruth MM., de Brouwer AP., Wertheim HF., Hoefsloot W., de Jong A., van Ingen J.
Aim: Antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium abscessus renders treatment poorly effective. Despite erm(41)-gene-mediated macrolide resistance, treatment with azithromycin or clarithromycin is recommended. It is contested whether macrolides differ in erm(41) induction. We determine whether this is the case. Methods: M. abscessus CIP104536 was used. Minimum inhibitory concentrations of clarithromycin and azithromycin were determined. Time-kill kinetics of M. abscessus exposed to azithromycin or clarithromycin were performed and RNA was isolated at predetermined intervals for erm(41) quantification. Results: Minimum inhibitory concentrations increased >30-fold. Time-kill kinetics showed a temporary bacteriostatic effect, abrogated by induced resistance. Erm(41) expression was increased following exposure to either macrolide for 7 days. Conclusion: Both macrolides induce resistance similarly, and this should not be an argument in choosing either macrolide for therapy.