Visceral leishmaniasis in the BALB/c mouse: a comparison of the efficacy of proprietary antileishmanial drug formulations with a non ionic surfactant formulation of sodium stibogluconate.

A. B. Mullen, A. J. Baillie, K. C. Carter

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

48 Citations (Scopus)


In this study, treatment efficacies of a nonionic surfactant vesicle formulation of sodium stibogluconate (SSG-NIV) and of several formulations of amphotericin B were compared in a murine model of visceral leishmaniasis. Treatment with multiple doses of AmBisome, Abelcet, and Amphocil (total dose, 12.5 mg of amphotericin B/kg of body weight) resulted in a significant suppression of parasite burdens in liver (P < 0.0005) and spleen (P < 0.0005) compared with those of controls, with Abelcet having the lowest activity. Only AmBisome and Amphocil gave significant suppression of parasites in bone marrow (compared to control values, P < 0.005). In the acute-infection model, single-dose treatments of SSG-NIV (296 mg of SbV/kg), SSG solution (296 mg of SbV/kg), or AmBisome (8 mg of amphotericin B/kg) were equally effective against liver parasites (compared to control values, P < 0.0005). SSG-NIV and AmBisome treatment also significantly suppressed parasites in bone marrow and spleen (P < 0.005), with SSG-NIV treatment being more suppressive (>98% suppression in all three sites). Free-SSG treatment failed to suppress spleen or bone marrow parasites. Infection status influenced treatment outcome. In the chronic-infection model, the AmBisome single-dose treatment was less effective in all three infection sites and the SSG-NIV single-dose treatment was less effective in the spleen. The results of this study suggest that the antileishmanial efficacy of SSG-NIV compares favorably with those of the novel amphotericin B formulations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2722-2725
Number of pages4
JournalAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1998


  • visceral leishmaniasis
  • sodium stibogluconate
  • amphotericin B

Cite this