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      Pharmacodynamic considerations of collateral sensitivity in design of antibiotic treatment regimen

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          Antibiotics have greatly reduced the morbidity and mortality due to infectious diseases. Although antibiotic resistance is not a new problem, its breadth now constitutes a significant threat to human health. One strategy to help combat resistance is to find novel ways to use existing drugs, even those that display high rates of resistance. For the pathogens Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, pairs of antibiotics have been identified for which evolution of resistance to drug A increases sensitivity to drug B and vice versa. These research groups have proposed cycling such pairs to treat infections, and similar treatment strategies are being investigated for various cancer forms as well. While an exciting treatment prospect, no cycling experiments have yet been performed with consideration of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. To test the plausibility of such schemes and optimize them, we create a mathematical model with explicit pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic considerations.

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          We evaluate antibiotic cycling protocols using pairs of such antibiotics and investigate the speed of ascent of multiply resistant mutants.


          Our analyses show that when using low concentrations of antibiotics, treatment failure will always occur due to the rapid ascent and fixation of resistant mutants. However, moderate to high concentrations of some combinations of bacteriostatic and bactericidal antibiotics with multiday cycling prevent resistance from developing and increase the likelihood of treatment success.


          Our results call for guarded optimism in application and development of such treatment protocols.

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              While chemotherapy remains the most effective treatment for disseminated tumors, acquired or intrinsic drug resistance accounts for approximately 90% of treatment failure. Multidrug resistance (MDR), the simultaneous resistance to drugs that differ both structurally and mechanistically, often results from drug efflux pumps in the cell membrane that reduce intracellular drug levels to less than therapeutic concentrations. Expression of the MDR transporter P-glycoprotein (P-gp, MDR1, ABCB1) has been shown to correlate with overall poor chemotherapy response and prognosis. This review will focus on collateral sensitivity (CS), the ability of compounds to kill MDR cells selectively over the parental cells from which they were derived. Insights into CS may offer an alternative strategy for the clinical resolution of MDR, as highly selective and potent CS agents may lead to drugs that are effective at MDR cell killing and tumor resensitization. Four main mechanistic hypotheses for CS will be reviewed, followed by a discussion on quantitative and experimental evaluation of CS. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Dove Medical Press
                23 July 2018
                : 12
                : 2249-2257
                [1 ]Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, klas.udekwu@ 123456su.se
                [2 ]Department of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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                Correspondence: Klas I Udekwu, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University Building F, Room 556, SE 10691 Stockholm, Sweden, Tel +46 8 164 189, Email klas.udekwu@ 123456su.se

                These authors contributed equally to this work

                © 2018 Udekwu and Weiss. This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited

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