Infection and Drug Resistance (2018-09-01)

Inhibitory effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics on Babesia divergens and Babesia microti, blood parasites of veterinary and zoonotic importance

  • Rizk MA,
  • AbouLaila M,
  • El-Sayed SAE,
  • Guswanto A,
  • Yokoyama N,
  • Igarashi I

Journal volume & issue
Vol. Volume 11
pp. 1605 – 1615


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Mohamed Abdo Rizk,1,2 Mahmoud AbouLaila,3 Shimaa Abd El-Salam El-Sayed,1,4 Azirwan Guswanto,1,5 Naoaki Yokoyama,1 Ikuo Igarashi1 1National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Inada‑Cho, Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan; 2Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt; 3Department of Parasitology and Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Damanhour University, Damanhour, ElBehera, Egypt; 4Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry of Nutrition, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt; 5Veterinary Services Section, Disease Investigation Center, Subang, West Java, Indonesia Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the inhibitory effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including enrofloxacin, enoxacin, trovafloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin, on the in vitro and in vivo growth of Babesia divergens and Babesia microti parasites, respectively. Materials and methods: The in vitro and in vivo inhibitory effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics against B. divergens and B. microti, respectively were evaluated using fluorescence-based assay. Additionally, combination therapies of highly effective fluoroquinolone antibiotics (enrofloxacin, enoxacin, and trovafloxacin) with diminazene aceturate, luteolin, or pyronaridine tetraphosphate were tested on the in vitro cultures of B. divergens. Results: Enrofloxacin, trovafloxacin, and enoxacin were the most effective fluoroquinolones against the in vitro growth of B. divergens, followed by norfloxacin and ofloxacin. Furthermore, a combination of enoxacin or trovafloxacin with either diminazene aceturate, luteolin, or pyronaridine tetraphosphate significantly enhanced the inhibitory effect on the growth of B. divergens in in vitro cultures. In mice infected by B. microti, enoxacin and diminazene aceturate combination therapy exhibited a potential antibabesial effect. Conclusion: These results suggest that safe and cheap fluoroquinolone, such as enoxacin, might be used for the treatment of clinical cases caused by Babesia spp. in animals or humans. Keywords: Babesia, fluoroquinolones, in vitro, in vivo