Treatment-shortening effect of a novel regimen combining clofazimine and high-dose rifapentine in pathologically distinct mouse models of tuberculosis

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  • Clofazimine and high-dose rifapentine have each separately been associated with treatment-shortening activity when incorporated into tuberculosis (TB) treatment regimens. We hypothesized that both modifications, i.e., the addition of clofazimine and the replacement of rifampin with high-dose rifapentine, in the first-line regimen for drug-susceptible TB would significantly shorten the duration of treatment necessary for cure. We tested this hypothesis in a well-established BALB/c mouse model of TB chemotherapy and also in a C3HeB/FeJ mouse model in which mice can develop caseous necrotic lesions, an environment where rifapentine and clofazimine may individually be less effective. In both mouse models, replacing rifampin with high-dose rifapentine and adding clofazimine in the first-line regimen resulted in greater bactericidal and sterilizing activity than either modification alone, suggesting that a rifapentine- and clofazimine-containing regimen may have the potential to significantly shorten the treatment duration for drug-susceptible TB. These data provide preclinical evidence supporting the evaluation of regimens combining high-dose rifapentine and clofazimine in clinical trials.
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  • Saini V; Ammerman NC; Chang YS; Tasneen R; Chaisson RE; Jain S; Nuermberger E; Grosset JH
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  • 63
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  • 6