Activity of Electrical Current in Experimental Propionibacterium acnes Foreign-Body Osteomyelitis.


Foreign-body-associated infections are often difficult to treat, given that the associated microorganisms are in a biofilm state. Previously, we showed that a low-amperage direct electrical current (DC) reduces Propionibacterium acnes biofilms formed on implant-associated materials in vitro In this study, low-amperage DC was compared to ceftriaxone treatment or no treatment in a novel rat femur model of foreign-body osteomyelitis. A platinum implant seeded with a P. acnes biofilm (107 CFU/cm2) and 109 CFU of planktonic P. acnes was placed in the femoral medullary cavity. One week later, rats were assigned to one of three treatment groups: no treatment, ceftriaxone treatment, or 200-μA-DC treatment. After 2 weeks of treatment, there were fewer bacteria in the bones of the ceftriaxone group (3.06 log10 CFU/g of bone [P = 0.0209]) and the 200-μA-DC group (0.5 log10 CFU/g [P = 0.0015]) than in those of the control group (6.58 log10 CFU/g). The DC-exposed animals exhibited fewer bacteria than the ceftriaxone-treated animals (P = 0.0330). There were fewer bacteria on the implanted wires in the groups treated with ceftriaxone (0.1 log10 CFU/cm2) or a 200-μA DC (0.1 log10 CFU/cm2) than in the control group (2.53 log10 CFU/cm2 [P, 0.0003 for both comparisons]). Low-amperage DC may be useful for treating, or aiding in the treatment of, foreign-body infections caused by P. acnes.

DOI: 10.1128/AAC.01863-16

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@article{SchmidtMalan2017ActivityOE, title={Activity of Electrical Current in Experimental Propionibacterium acnes Foreign-Body Osteomyelitis.}, author={Suzannah M. Schmidt-Malan and Cassandra L. Brinkman and Kerryl E. Greenwood-Quaintance and Melissa Karau and Jayawant N. Mandrekar and Robin Patel}, journal={Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy}, year={2017}, volume={61 2} }