02 April 2013
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of combinations of fosfomycin, minocycline and polymyxin B in the treatment of pan-drug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (PDR-Ab). The in vitro antibacterial activities of the drugs were evaluated by determination of the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and the fractional inhibitory concentration index (FICI). A total of 25 strains of PDR-Ab were selected using the VITEK32 microbial analysis instrument and the Kirby-Bauer (K-B) method. A broth microdilution method was used to determine the MIC for each of the three drugs, and the checkerboard method was simultaneously used to determine the MICs for combinations of the drugs. FICI values were also calculated. While fosfomycin alone was ineffective for the treatment of PDR-Ab, its MIC value was significantly reduced when used in combination with minocycline or polymyxin B. The combined use of minocycline and polymyxin B also significantly reduced the MIC value of each drug. The FICI values revealed that the drugs had synergistic or additive effects when used in combination. The determination of the MIC and FICI values for the combinations of drugs demonstrated that there is synergistic or additive effect upon the combined use of fosfomycin with minocycline or polymyxin B. The combined use of minocycline and polymyxin B also results in a significant reduction in the MIC values of the two drugs. These experimental results may provide a basis for the future clinical treatment of Acinetobacter baumannii.