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What are the Polyene antibiotics?

Amphotericin, Nystatin


What are the Azole derivatives?

Miconazole, Fluconazole, Itraconazole


What are the Allylamines, Thiocarbamates?



What are the Echinocandins?



What are some general characteristics of Amphotericin B?

Active against all fungi. Has a hydrophilic "rod" and hydrophobic "rod", as well as a polar, negative charged and polar positive charged sugar. The hydrophobic "rod" has 7 conjugated double bonds


How does Nystatins structure differ from Amphotericin B?

4 conjugated double bonds (one less double bond on the hydrophobic "rod"), less activity


What happens to Amphotericin B when the COOH (negative group) is esterified to methyl group?

Decrease in toxicity. AMB methyl ester is cationic (positive)


What is the solubility of Amphotericin like?

Amphotericin is insoluble in water (Fungizone: complex with deoxycholate, forms a colloidal suspension). AMB can be formulated as a "Liposome" which decreases toxicity and may allow higher dosing


What are the pharmacokinetic advantages of Lipid Complex AMB (Abelcet)?

Comparable Cmax. More rapid blood clearance. Larger volume of distribution. Longer half-life. Slower renal elimination. Increased tissue concentrations


What is the MOA of AMB?

Membrane targeting agent. "Like-associates-with-like" type mechanism. Amphotericin has high affinity for sterols (Ergosterol interaction provides major binding energy). Amphotericin monomers multimerize to form a "pore", which "breaks" the membrane (molecules enter that should be kept out), numerous physiological processes are compromised


What is the Sensitivity to AMB like?

Bacterial membrane doesn't contain sterols, not affects. Amphotericin has highest affinity for Ergosterol (human membrane sterol is cholesterol), significantly lower affinity


What is a common side effect with AMB?

Nephrotoxicity, probably directly related to MOA


What is the PK of AMB like?

Mostly metabolized. Some excreted by kidney. Doesn't readily pass BBB


What is the Spectrum of Activity for AMB?

Useful against most systemic infections. Fungicidal


What is the Clinical Use for AMB?

Deep-seated infections. Topical infections


What are the ADRs associated with AMB?

Acute: Infusion-related (Chills, fever, dyspnea, N/V, bronchospasm, hypotension, convulsions). Subsequent: Nephrotoxicity, Hepatic damage, Hypokalemia, Hemolytic anemia


What is often given with AMB to help with the adverse effects in kidney function?

Calcium channel blockers or salt loading minimize adverse effects in kidney function. Liposomal formulations minimize adverse nephrotoxic effects by maintaining renal blood flow and GFR


What are the characteristics of Flucytosine?

Frequently in combination with Amphotericin (d/t resistance). Synergistic activities. Pore enhances penetration


What is the MOA of Flucytosine?

5FC acts as a metabolic antagonist, in two ways: 1) Inhibition of DNA synthesis, 2) Inhibition of RNA synthesis. 5FC must first be converted to 5-Fluorouracil by Cytosine Deaminase. 5-Fluorouracil then binds with deoxyribose, inhibiting DNA synthesis (Thymidylate Synthetase is inhibited)


What is the important enzyme that has higher concentrations in fungal cells that convert 5FC to 5-Fluorouracil?

Cytosine Deaminase


What is the specificity of Flucytosine like?

Flucytosine is a prodrug, requires conversion to 5-Fluorouracil first by Cytosine deaminase (relatively low activity in humans)


What is the PK of Flucytosine?

Orally administered. Half-life: 3-6 hrs. Passes BBB. Excreted in urine ~80% unchanged


What is the spectrum of activity for Flucytosine?

Systemic fungi, mainly Candida and Cryptococcus. Usually used with AMB. Fungistatic


What is the clinical use of Flucytosine?

Cryptoccal meningitis (with AMB). Chromoblastomycosis (with itraconazole)


What are the ADRs associated with Flucytosine?

N/V, colitis. Bone marrow suppression. Thrombocytopenia. Alopecia. Decreased liver function


What are the two main classes of Azoles?

Imidazoles (older versions). Triazoles


What are the characteristics of Imidazoles?

2 Nitrogens in the 5 atom ring. More toxic. Topical, for skin infections (OTC; e.g. Micatin)


What are the characteristics of Triazoles?

3 nitrogens in the 5 atom ring. Less toxic. Can be used systemically


What is the MOA of Azoles?

Azoles are metabolic antagonists. Block biosynthesis of ergosterol. Inhibit Lanosterol Demethylase (removes C14 methyl), a cytochrome P450 enzyme by attaching to its heme group. Membranes become fragile, impaired. Imidazoles can directly interact with cell membranes (contributes to their toxicity)


What is the specificity of Azoles like?

Humans obtain membrane sterols (chlesterol) from their diet. Cytochrome P450 is more active in fungi (Triazoles have lower interaction with human cytochrome P450 (> 100 --> 1000 fold)