Antimicrobial Resistance in Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

2014-08-27 03:43:10 | BioPortfolio


People with cystic fibrosis (CF) often develop chronic pulmonary infections which are caused by a variety of organisms, the most predominant being Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Antibiotics are important in managing CF lung infections. Antibiotic use in CF was altered about ten years ago with the approval of inhaled tobramycin, an aminoglycoside which is effective in treating P. aeruginosa. A decade later, CF clinicians are increasingly concerned about the likelihood of induction of aminoglycoside-resistance with prolonged use of inhaled tobramycin to treat chronic P. aeruginosa airway infections. The goal of this study is to examine the current microbiology and susceptibility of organisms from CF sputum, correlate it with antibiotic use, and compare it with previous data.


Aminoglycosides are one of the mainstays of antibiotic therapy in CF. They are administered parenterally in synergistic combinations with β-lactam antibiotics for acute exacerbations and used by inhalation as single agents for chronic maintenance therapy. It is well known in CF and other chronic infections that chronic use of antibiotics results in resistance. Thus, the increasing use of aminoglycosides could have dramatically changed the microbiological epidemiology of CF, since it was last examined a decade ago. It will be important to determine the current prevalence of antibiotic resistance in CF pathogens. Current antimicrobial strategies may also be contributing to the increased rate of isolation of novel and difficult to treat organisms, including intrinsically antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These issues are important both for CF clinicians and for researchers developing new antimicrobials to be used in CF.

To determine if the prevalence of P. aeruginosa resistance and the prevalence of other CF pathogens has changed over the past ten years, this multi-center cross-sectional study will enroll a contemporary cohort of patients with CF and will compare their sputum microbiology and susceptibility data with corresponding baseline data from an historical cohort consisting of patients enrolled in the prior phase 3 trials of inhaled tobramycin, conducted by PathoGenesis Corporation. (A Phase III Placebo Controlled Clinical Trial (PC-TNDS-002) to Study the Safety and Efficacy of Tobramycin in Inhalation in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis). The data set from the phase 3 trials which will be used for this research project will be anonymous.

This current study will be coordinated by the CF research team at CHRMC and aims to enroll 520 patients at approximately 50 participating sites across the United States. The contemporary cohort will include patients with CF who are ages 6 years and older and able to expectorate sputum. Patients will be enrolled from many of the same CF centers that participated in the phase 3 trials of inhaled tobramycin, and eligibility criteria will be similar to those used in the phase 3 trials. Subjects enrolled in the contemporary cohort will have a single study visit to obtain a sputum sample that will be sent to a central laboratory for culture and susceptibility testing.

Study Design

Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective


Cystic Fibrosis


Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
United States




Seattle Children's Hospital

Results (where available)

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