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Efficacy of the small molecule inhibitor of Lipid II BAS00127538 against Acinetobacter baumannii

Authors de Leeuw E

Received 20 May 2014

Accepted for publication 10 June 2014

Published 8 August 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 1061—1064


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Erik PH de Leeuw

Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Objective: To test the activity of a small molecule compound that targets Lipid II against Acinetobacter baumannii.
Methods: Susceptibility to small molecule Lipid II inhibitor BAS00127538 was assessed using carbapenem- and colistin-resistant clinical isolates of A. baumannii. In addition, synergy between colisitin and this compound was assessed.
Results: Small molecule Lipid II inhibitor BAS00127538 potently acts against A. baumannii and acts synergistically with colistin.
Conclusion: For the first time, a compound that targets Lipid II is described that acts against multi-drug resistant isolates of A. baumannii. The synergy with colistin warrants further lead development of BAS00127538.

Keywords: Lipid II, Acinetobacter baumannii, drug development

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