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Basic principles of chemotherapy        S. Parasuraman, M.Pharm., Ph.D.,       Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy,      ...
ChemotherapyChemotherapy:         chemo + therapyThe use of drug (chemical entity/ substance derived formmicroorganisms) w...
Antibiotics and Antimicrobials• Antibiotics: Antibiotics are substances produced by  microorganisms, which selectively sup...
History of chemotherapy
History of chemotherapyBefore Ehrlich’s period (till 1900)• Chaulmoogra oil by Hindus in leprosy• Cinchona bark for fever•...
Timeline history of                                                                             chemotherapy development 1...
Principles of antimicrobial therapy
Principles of antimicrobial therapy• Diagnosis: Site of infection, responsible organism,   sensitivity of drug• Decide- ch...
Principles of antimicrobial therapy                                                                     Cont.,• Frequency ...
Classification of antimicrobials
Classification of antimicrobialsA.   Chemical structureB.   Mechanism of actionC.   Type of organisms (against which prima...
A. Chemical structure• Sulfonamides and related drugs: Dapsone (DDS), Sulfadiazine,    Paraaminosalicylic acid (PAS)•   Di...
A. Chemical structure                                                                       Cont.,•   Lincosamide antibiot...
B. Mechanism of actioncell membrane                           THFA                                  Ribosomes             ...
B. Mechanism of action                                                                                                    ...
C. Type of organisms (against which primarily active)• Antibacterial: Penicillins, Aminoglycosides, Erythromycin,  etc.• A...
D. Spectrum of activity  Narrow-spectrum                Broad-spectrumPenicillin G, Streptomycin,        Tetracyclines,   ...
D. Type of action             (bacteriostatic and bactericidal)         Bacteriostatic:Inhibit the growth of Bacteria. E.g...
E. Source of antibiotics• Fungi: Penicillin, Griseofulvin, Cephalosporin• Bacteria: Polymyxin B, Tyrothricin, Colistin, Az...
Hypersensitivity                   reaction                                        DrugToxicity                           ...
ToxicityLocal irritancy:• exerted site of administration. E.g.: Gastric irritation, pain and  abscess formation at the sit...
Toxicity                                                                      Cont.,Systemic toxicity:• The agent which ha...
Toxicity                                                           Cont.,Systemic toxicity:• Very low therapeutic index dr...
Hypersensitivity reaction• All AMAs are capable to causing hypersensitive reaction, and  this this reactions are unpredict...
Resistance• Unresponsiveness of a microorganism to an AMA, and is  similar to the phenomenon of drug tolerance.   – Natura...
Resistance                                                               Cont.,Development of resistance• Resistance mainl...
Resistance                                                                      Cont.,• Development of resistance• Gene tr...
Resistance                                                             Cont.,Development of resistanceGene transfer - Conj...
Resistance                                         Cont.,Development of resistance Genetransfer- Transduction:• Transfer r...
Resistance                                                       Cont.,Development of resistanceGene transfer - Transforma...
Drug Tolerant• Loss of affinity of target biomolecule of the microorganism  with particular AMAs, E.g.: Penicillin resista...
Superinfection (Suprainfection)• A new infection occurring in a patient having a  preexisting infection. Superinfections a...
Superinfection                                                                   Cont.,• Development of superinfection ass...
Superinfection                                                                        Cont.,• Treatment for superinfection...
Choice of an antimicrobial agents      Patient related factors                       Drug factors                         ...
Choice of an antimicrobial agentsPatient related factors:• Patient age (chloramphenicol produce gray baby syndrome in  new...
Choice of an antimicrobial agents                                                                  Cont.,Drug factor:• Pre...
Choice of an antimicrobial agents                                                         Cont.,Organism-related considera...
Choice of an antimicrobial agents                                                  Cont.,Drug factor:• Spectrum of activit...
Combined use of antimicrobials
Combined use of antimicrobials• To achieve synergism, Rifampin+ isoniazid for tuberculosis•• To reduce severity or inciden...
Prophylactic use of antimicrobials
Prophylactic use of antimicrobials• Prophylaxis against specific organisms (Cholera: tetracycline  prophylaxis; Malaria: f...
Failure of antimicrobial therapy
Failure of antimicrobial therapy• Improper selection of AMAs, dose, route or duration of  treatment.• Treatment begun too ...
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Basic principles of chemotherapy

  1. 1. Basic principles of chemotherapy S. Parasuraman, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University
  2. 2. ChemotherapyChemotherapy: chemo + therapyThe use of drug (chemical entity/ substance derived formmicroorganisms) with selective toxicity against infections/viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi and helminthes is called aschemotherapy.
  3. 3. Antibiotics and Antimicrobials• Antibiotics: Antibiotics are substances produced by microorganisms, which selectively suppress the growth of or kill other microorganisms at very low concentration.• Antimicrobials: (chemotherapeutic agent + Antibiotics) Any substance of natural, synthetic or semisynthetic origin which at low concentrations kill or inhibits the growth of microorganisms but causes little or no host damage.
  4. 4. History of chemotherapy
  5. 5. History of chemotherapyBefore Ehrlich’s period (till 1900)• Chaulmoogra oil by Hindus in leprosy• Cinchona bark for fever• ‘Mouldy curd’ by chines on boils• Mercury by Paracelsus for syphilisEhrlich’s period (1900 to 1930)• Organometallic dye for treatment for caneAfter Ehrlich’s period (1930 to till date)• discovery of sulfonamide (Prontosil)
  6. 6. Timeline history of chemotherapy development 1908- Discovery 1959- Antitumor of Arsphenamine antibiotics 2007- Target specific Alexander Fleming 1928- screens Penicillin 1958- Methotrexate 2005- Tyrosine kinase 1957- 5-Fluorouracil inhibitors 1951- Thiopurines 1997- Monoclonal antibody approved Paul for the treatment of 1948- Anitfolates Ehrilich tumor. Father of Gerhard Domagk 1939- Sulfonamidochrysoidine 1944- Waksman et 1963- Chemotherapy 1996- Imatinib (Prontosil) al., discovered Vinca alkaloids streptomycin. 1962- nalidixic acid 1900- Paul 1943- Nitrogen Ehrilich mustard in Chemotherapy 1932- Prontosil- lymphomas 1963 to 1970- Animal model First sulfonamide- Treatment for developed Bayer’s Laboratory Hodgkin’s disease1900 1960 1980 2015 1920 1940
  7. 7. Principles of antimicrobial therapy
  8. 8. Principles of antimicrobial therapy• Diagnosis: Site of infection, responsible organism, sensitivity of drug• Decide- chemotherapy is necessary: Acute infection require chemotherapy whilst chronic infections may not. The chronic abscess respond poorly, although chemotherapy cover is essential if surgery is undertaken to avoid a flare-up of infection.• Select the drug: Specificity (spectrum of activity, antimicrobial activity of drug), pharmacokinetic factors (physiochemical properties of the drug) , patient related factors (allergy, renal disease)
  9. 9. Principles of antimicrobial therapy Cont.,• Frequency and duration of drug administration: Inadequate dose may develop resistance, intermediate dose may not cure infection, optimize dose should be used for therapy.• Continue therapy: Acute infection treated for 5-10 days. But some of the bacterial infection exceptions to this. E.g.: Typhoid fever, tuberculosis and infective endocarditis (after clinical cure, the therapy is continued to avoid relapse).• Test for cure: After therapy, symptoms and signs may disappear before pathogen eradicated.• Prophylactic chemotherapy: To avoid surgical site infections.
  10. 10. Classification of antimicrobials
  11. 11. Classification of antimicrobialsA. Chemical structureB. Mechanism of actionC. Type of organisms (against which primarily active)D. Spectrum of activityE. Type of action (bacteriostatic and bactericidal)F. Source of antibiotics
  12. 12. A. Chemical structure• Sulfonamides and related drugs: Dapsone (DDS), Sulfadiazine, Paraaminosalicylic acid (PAS)• Diaminopyrimidines: Trimethoprim, Pyrimethamine• Quinolones: Nalidixic acid, Norfloxacin, Ciprofloxacin• Beta lactam antibiotics: Penicillins, Cephalosporins• Tetracyclines: Oxytetracycline, Doxycycline• Nitrobenzene derivative: Chloramphenicol• Aminoglycosides: Streptomycin, Gentamycin, Amikacin, Neomycin• Macrolides antibiotics: Erythromycin, Clanthromycin, Azithromycin
  13. 13. A. Chemical structure Cont.,• Lincosamide antibiotics: Clindamycin• Glycopeptide antibiotics: Vancomycin• Polypeptide antibiotics: Polymyxin-B, Bacitracin, Tyrothricin• Nitrofuran derivatives: Nitrofurantoin• Nitroimidazoles: Metronidazole, Tinidazole• Nicotinic acid derivatives: Isoniazid, Pyrczinamide, Ethionamide• Polyene antibiotics: Amphotericin-B, Nystatin, Hamycin• Azole derivatives: Miconazole, Clotrimazole, Ketoconazole, Fluconazole• Others: Rifampin, Ethambutol, Griseofulvin
  14. 14. B. Mechanism of actioncell membrane THFA Ribosomes PABA DNA gyrasemetabolism protein synthesis Cell wall synthesis m-RNA code
  15. 15. B. Mechanism of action Cont., Leakage form cell membrane Polypeptides- Polymyxines, colistin. Inhibition of Cell Polyenes- Amphotericin B, Membrane Nystatin, Hamycin Fluoroquinolones THFA Rifampin Ribosomes Inhibition of PABA metabolism Inhibition of DNASulfonamides gyraseSulfonesTrimethoprim FluoroquinolonesPAS Inhibition ofPyrimethamine Cell wall synthesisEthumbutol Beta-lactams Misreading of Inhibition of Cephalosporins m-RNA code protein Vancomycin synthesis Aminoglycosides- Tetracyclines Streptomycin, Aminoglycosides Gentamicin Macrolides Clindamycin Chloramphenicol
  16. 16. C. Type of organisms (against which primarily active)• Antibacterial: Penicillins, Aminoglycosides, Erythromycin, etc.• Antiviral: Acyclovir, Amantadine B, Zidovudine, etc.• Antifungal: Griseofulvin, Amphotericin B, Ketoconazole, etc.• Antiprotozoal: Chloroquine, Pyrimethamine, Metronidazole, etc.• Anthelminthic: Mebendazole, Niclosamide, Diethyl carbamazine, etc.
  17. 17. D. Spectrum of activity Narrow-spectrum Broad-spectrumPenicillin G, Streptomycin, Tetracyclines, Erythromycin Chloramphenicol effective against specific effective against a wide type of bacteria range of bacteria, either gram-positive or both gram-positive and gram-negative gram-negative
  18. 18. D. Type of action (bacteriostatic and bactericidal) Bacteriostatic:Inhibit the growth of Bacteria. E.g.: Sulfonamides, Tetracyclines, Chloramphenicol, Erythromycin, Ethambutol Bactericidal: Kill the microbes. E.g.: Penicillins, Aminoglycosides, Polypeptides, Rifampin, Isoniazid, Note: Some b’static drugs may actVancomycin, Ciprofloxacin, Metronidazole, b’cidal at high concentration Cotrimoxazole (Sulfonamides, nitrofurantion)
  19. 19. E. Source of antibiotics• Fungi: Penicillin, Griseofulvin, Cephalosporin• Bacteria: Polymyxin B, Tyrothricin, Colistin, Aztreonam, Bacitracin• Actinomycetes: Aminoglycosides, Macrolides, Tetracyclines, Polyenes, Chloramphenicol
  20. 20. Hypersensitivity reaction DrugToxicity resistance Problems with AMAsDrug tolerant Superinfection
  21. 21. ToxicityLocal irritancy:• exerted site of administration. E.g.: Gastric irritation, pain and abscess formation at the site of i.m. inection, thrombophlebitis of injected vein.Systemic toxicity:• Dose related organ damage. – High therapeutic index agents may not damage host cells, E.g.: penicillin, erythromycin.
  22. 22. Toxicity Cont.,Systemic toxicity:• The agent which have low therapeutic index exhibits more toxicity. E.g.:,aminoglycosides tetracycline chloramphenicol(renal and CNS toxicity) (liver and renal toxicity) (bone marrow depression)
  23. 23. Toxicity Cont.,Systemic toxicity:• Very low therapeutic index drug is used when no suitable alternative AMAs available,• E.g.: Vancomycin (hearing loss, kidney damage, “red man’ syndrome)• polymyxin B (neurological and renal toxicity) Vancomycin toxicity
  24. 24. Hypersensitivity reaction• All AMAs are capable to causing hypersensitive reaction, and this this reactions are unpredictable and unrelated to dose. E.g.: Penicillin induced anaphylactic shock (prick skin testing) To avoid Inj. Penicillin induced Perform sensitivity test before anaphylactic shock administering penicillin Inj.
  25. 25. Resistance• Unresponsiveness of a microorganism to an AMA, and is similar to the phenomenon of drug tolerance. – Natural resistance – Acquired resistance• Natural resistance: Some microbes have resistant to certain AMAs. E.g.: Gram negative bacilli not affected by penicillin G; M. tuberculosis insensitive to tetracyclines.• Acquired resistance: Development of resistance by an organism (which was sensitive before) due to the use of AMA over a period of time. E.g.: Staphylococci, tubercle bacilli develop resistance to penicillin (widespread use for >50 yr). Gonococci quickly developed resistant to sulfonamides in 30 yr.
  26. 26. Resistance Cont.,Development of resistance• Resistance mainly developed by mutation or gene transfer.• Mutation: Resistance developed by mutation is stable and heritable genetic changes that occurs spontaneously and randomly among microorganism (usually on plasmids).• Mutation resistance may be single step or multistep. – Single gene mutation may confer high degree of resistance. E.g.: enterococci to streptomycin – Multistep mutation may modify the more number of gene that will decreases the sensitivity of AMAs to pathogens.
  27. 27. Resistance Cont.,• Development of resistance• Gene transfer (Infectious resistance): From one organism to another organism. – Conjugation – Transduction – Transformation a a a a b b Transposon Plasmid b b donor cointegrate Transfer of resistance genetic elements within the bacterium
  28. 28. Resistance Cont.,Development of resistanceGene transfer - Conjugation:• cell-to-cell contact; transfer of chromosomal or extrachromosomal DNA from one bacterium to another through sex pili. The gene carrying the resistance or ‘R’ factor is transferred only if another “resistance transfer factor” (RTF) is present. This will frequently occurs in gram negative bacilli.• The nonpathogenic organisms may transfer ‘R’ factor to pathogenic organisms, which may become wide spread by contamination of food and water.• The multidrug resistance has occurred by conjugation. – Chloramphenicol resistance to typhoid bacilli – Penicillin resistance to Haemophilus, gonococci – Streptomycin resistance to E.coli
  29. 29. Resistance Cont.,Development of resistance Genetransfer- Transduction:• Transfer resistance gene through bacteriophage (bacterial virus) to another bacteria of same species. – E.g.: Transmission of resistance gene between strains of staphylococci and between strains of streptococci.
  30. 30. Resistance Cont.,Development of resistanceGene transfer - Transformation:• It will occur in natural conditions.• Bacteria taking up naked DNA form its environment and incorporating it into its genome through the normal cross- over mechanism.
  31. 31. Drug Tolerant• Loss of affinity of target biomolecule of the microorganism with particular AMAs, E.g.: Penicillin resistance to Pneumococcal strain (alteration of penicillin binding proteins) Drug target site Change in protein configuration- loss of affinity
  32. 32. Superinfection (Suprainfection)• A new infection occurring in a patient having a preexisting infection. Superinfections are most difficult to treat.
  33. 33. Superinfection Cont.,• Development of superinfection associated with the use of broad/ extended-spectrum of antibiotics, such as tetracyclines, chloramphenicol, ampicillin and newer cephalosporins.• Superinfections are more common when host defence is compromised.• Superinfections are generally most difficult to treat. – bacterial superinfection in viral respiratory disease – infection of a chronic hepatitis B carrier with hepatitis D virus – Piperacillin-tazobactam may cause superinfection with candida
  34. 34. Superinfection Cont.,• Treatment for superinfection – Candida albicans: Monilial diarrhoea, Candidal vulvovaginitis or vaginal thrush (an infection of the vaginas mucous membranes) treat with nystain or clotrimazole – Resistant Staphylococci: treat with coxacillin or its congeners – Pseudomonas: Urinary tract infection, treat with carbenicillin, piperacillin or gentamicin.• Superinfections minimized by – using specific (narrow-spectrum) AMA (whenever possible) – avoid using (do not use) antimicrobials to treat self limiting or untreatable (viral) infection – avoid prolong antimicrobial therapy.
  35. 35. Choice of an antimicrobial agents Patient related factors Drug factors Organism-related considerations
  36. 36. Choice of an antimicrobial agentsPatient related factors:• Patient age (chloramphenicol produce gray baby syndrome in newborn; Tetracyclines deposition in teeth and bone-below the age of 6 years)• Renal and hepatic function (aminoglycoside, vancomycin- renal failure; erythromycin, tetracycline- liver failure)• Drug allergy (History of known AMAs allergy should be obtained) . – Syphilis patient allergic to penicillin – drug of choice is tetracycline – Fluoroquinolones cause erythema multiforme• Impaired host defence
  37. 37. Choice of an antimicrobial agents Cont.,Drug factor:• Pregnancy – All AMAs should be avoided in the pregnant – many cephalosporins and erythromycin are safe, while safety data on most others is not available.• Genetic factors – Primaquine, sulfonamide fluoroquinolones likely to produce haemolysis in G-6-PD deficient patient)
  38. 38. Choice of an antimicrobial agents Cont.,Organism-related considerations:• A clinical diagnosis should first be made, and the choice of the AMAs selected• Clinical diagnosis itself directs choice of the AMA• Choice to be based on bacteriological examination (Bacteriological sensitivity testing)
  39. 39. Choice of an antimicrobial agents Cont.,Drug factor:• Spectrum of activity (Narrow/ broad spectrum)• Type of activity• Sensitivity o f the organism (MIC)• Relative toxicity• Pharmacokinetic profile• Route of administration• Cost
  40. 40. Combined use of antimicrobials
  41. 41. Combined use of antimicrobials• To achieve synergism, Rifampin+ isoniazid for tuberculosis•• To reduce severity or incidence of adverse effects, Amphotericin B + rifampin (rifampin enhance the antifungal activity of amphotericin B)• To prevent resistance (Concomitant administration of rifampin and ciprofloxacin prevents Staph. aureus resistance ciprofloxacin)• To broaden the spectrum of antimicrobial action (cotrimoxazole: Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole)
  42. 42. Prophylactic use of antimicrobials
  43. 43. Prophylactic use of antimicrobials• Prophylaxis against specific organisms (Cholera: tetracycline prophylaxis; Malaria: for travelers to endemic area may take chloroquine/ mefloquine)• Prevention of infection in high risk situations• Prophylaxis of surgical site infection• Prophylaxis against specific organisms• Prevention of infection in high risk situations• Prophylaxis of surgical site infection
  44. 44. Failure of antimicrobial therapy
  45. 45. Failure of antimicrobial therapy• Improper selection of AMAs, dose, route or duration of treatment.• Treatment begun too late• Failure to take necessary adjuvant measures• Poor host defence• Trying to treat untreatable (viral) infections• Presence of dormant or altered organisms which later give risk to a relapse
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