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Antitubercular activity of trifluoperazine, a calmodulin antagonist

P. Ratnakar, P. Suryanarayana Murthy
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6968.1992.tb05442.x 73-76 First published online: 1 October 1992


Trifluoperazine, a calmodulin antagonist, completely inhibited the growth of mycobacteria. The minimum inhibitory concentrations in shake cultures in a synthetic medium containing 0.2% Tween 80 were 5 and 8 μg/ml, respectively, for the human pathogenic strain Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv and M. tuberculosis resistant to isoniazid. When added to a growing culture of M. t tuberculosis H37Rv on the 10th day (mid exponential phase), trifluoperazine 50 μg/ml further arrested growth of this organism. It is suggested that trifluoperazine or similar calmodulin antagonists might be useful as antitubercular drugs.

Key words
  • Trifluoperazine
  • Calmodulin antagonist
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Antitubercular action

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