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1 February 2005 ARTEMETHER AS ADJUVANT THERAPY TO PRAZIQUANTEL IN MURINE EGYPTIAN SCHISTOSOMIASIS MANSONI
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We investigated the activity of artemether (ART) against different developmental stages of schistosomes alone and in addition to praziquantel (PZQ). ART was administered orally (400 mg/kg) 4 and 6 wk postinfection (PI), 4 and 5 wk PI, or 4 or 6 wk PI alone and in addition to oral PZQ (500 × 2 mg/kg) 6 wk PI. Mice were killed in parallel to infected untreated controls 8 wk PI. Parasitological parameters and histological changes in the liver were studied. ART given 4 and 6 wk PI reduced worm burdens by 59 and 55% and tissue egg load by 96 and 90%, respectively. Moreover, eggs in different developmental stages were not found. The reduction in worm and egg burden (63 and 58%, and 96 and 99%, respectively) in mice treated with ART 4 and 5 wk or 4 and 6 wk PI was comparable with that in ART-treated mice at 4 or 6 wk PI. Compared with PZQ alone, combined treatment of PZQ and ART (4 and 5 wk or 4 and 6 wk PI) did not enhance worm eradication, but there was a complete absence of parasite eggs. Livers revealed no granulomata when ART was given 4 and 5 wk or 4 and 6 wk PI, with minimal central necrosis in those treated 4 and 6 wk PI. In conclusion, combined treatment of ART (4 and 6 wk PI) and PZQ resulted in >90% worm eradication and amelioration of Schistosoma mansoni eggs from the tissues, with minor histological changes in the liver.

M. R. Mahmoud and S. S. Botros "ARTEMETHER AS ADJUVANT THERAPY TO PRAZIQUANTEL IN MURINE EGYPTIAN SCHISTOSOMIASIS MANSONI," Journal of Parasitology 91(1), 175-178, (1 February 2005). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-322R
Received: 20 January 2004; Accepted: 1 May 2004; Published: 1 February 2005
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