A commonly used antibiotic can be modified to eliminate the risk that it will cause hearing loss, a study in mice has demonstrated
In a study that will be published online Jan. 2 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine report that they have developed a modified version of an aminoglycoside that works effectively in mice without the risk of causing deafness or kidney damage, another common side effect.
The researchers hope to test versions of the modified antibiotic in humans as soon as possible.
“If we can eventually prevent people from going deaf from taking these antibiotics, in my mind, we will have been successful,” said Anthony Ricci, PhD, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and co-senior author of the study. “Our goal is to replace the existing aminoglycosides with ones that aren’t toxic.”