Activity of MK-3118, a new oral glucan synthase inhibitor, tested against Candida spp. by two international methods (CLSI and EUCAST)

J Antimicrob Chemother. 2013 Apr;68(4):858-63. doi: 10.1093/jac/dks466. Epub 2012 Nov 28.


Objectives: To evaluate the activity of the orally bioavailable enfumafungin derivative MK-3118 and comparator antifungal agents tested against a collection of 113 clinical isolates of Candida spp. using CLSI and EUCAST broth microdilution (BMD) methods.

Methods: Candida spp. isolates (n=113) were tested by CLSI and EUCAST methods. The collection contained 29 Candida albicans, 29 Candida glabrata, 21 Candida tropicalis, 15 Candida parapsilosis and 19 Candida krusei, including azole- and echinocandin-resistant isolates. CLSI and EUCAST MIC endpoints of 50% and 100% inhibition were determined using visual reading at 24 and 48 h of incubation and spectrophotometric reading at 24 h of incubation, respectively.

Results: MK-3118 CLSI MIC results ranged from 0.06 to 16 mg/L depending on species, duration of incubation and endpoint criteria (EC) used. Comparison of CLSI and EUCAST following 24 h of incubation and either 50% or 100% inhibition revealed an essential agreement (EA; ± 2 doubling dilutions) of 99.1% using the 50% inhibition EC and 93.2% using the 100% inhibition EC. MK-3118 (24 h of incubation and 50% EC) was active against all the species tested and displayed similar potency to caspofungin (using CLSI BMD) against C. albicans (MIC90, 1 and 2 mg/L, respectively), C. tropicalis (1 and 1 mg/L, respectively), C. parapsilosis (0.5 and 0.5 mg/L, respectively) and C. krusei (2 and 1 mg/L, respectively), but was 8-fold more potent than caspofungin against C. glabrata strains (MIC90, 2 and 16 mg/L, respectively). MK-3118 was active against fluconazole-resistant strains as well as caspofungin-resistant strains with documented fks mutations.

Conclusions: MK-3118 was documented to have potent in vitro activity against Candida spp. when tested by both CLSI and EUCAST BMD methods, with the highest overall EA (99.1%) obtained when MK-3118 MIC results were read after 24 h of incubation using a partial inhibition EC (50%).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antifungal Agents / pharmacology*
  • Candida / drug effects*
  • Candida / isolation & purification
  • Candidiasis / microbiology
  • Glucosyltransferases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Glycosides / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Time Factors
  • Triterpenes / pharmacology*


  • Antifungal Agents
  • Glycosides
  • Triterpenes
  • ibrexafungerp
  • Glucosyltransferases
  • glucan synthase