In vitro bactericidal activity of amoxicillin, gentamicin, rifampicin, ciprofloxacin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole alone or in combination againstListeria monocytogenes

  • A. Boisivon
  • C. Guiomar
  • C. Carbon


The in vitro bactericidal activity of amoxicillin, gentamicin, rifampicin, ciprofloxacin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole alone or in combination was determined against seven strains ofListeria monocytogenes by the killing curve method. Amoxicillin plus gentamicin was the most rapidly bactericidal combination, whereas trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole was less bactericidal at 6 h but as bactericidal at 24 h. The combination of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole with either amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin or rifampicin did not result in antagonism, but the combinations were no more active than trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole alone. The interaction of amoxicillin with rifampin was fairly antagonistic (1 log10 difference). The combination of amoxicillin and ciprofloxacin, although producing antagonism during the first 6 h, was more active at 24 h than amoxicillin alone and prevented the regrowth observed with ciprofloxacin alone. Ciprofloxacin and rifampicin interacted antagonistically during the first 6 h, and the combination was not very bactericidal (3 log10) but prevented the emergence of mutants, as observed with each drug alone, when used at concentrations greater than the MICs for the strain tested. These regimens merit evaluation in in vivo models ofListeria monocytogenes meningitis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Boisivon
    • 1
  • C. Guiomar
    • 1
  • C. Carbon
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de MicrobiologieCentre Hospitalier de Saint Germain-en-LayeSaint Germain-en-LayeFrance
  2. 2.Service de Médecine InterneHôpital Bichat, Université Paris VIIParisFrance

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