The increasing frequency of fungal infections in immunocompromised patients together with the emergence of strains resistant to currently used antifungal drugs point to an increased need for a new class of antimycotics. Antimicrobial peptides are promising candidates for the treatment of fungal infections since they have both mechanisms of action distinct from available antifungal agents and the ability to regulate the host immune defence systems as well. This review focuses on Candida albicans as a large amount of work on the mechanisms of action of classical antifungals as well as antimicrobial peptides, such as defensins, protegrins, histatins and lactoferrin (LF)-derived peptides, has been performed in this yeast. Analogues of these antimicrobial peptides and combinations of antimicrobial peptides with classical antimycotics are under investigation for treatment of candidiasis.

Antimicrobial peptides: therapeutic potential for the treatment of Candida infections.

LUPETTI, ANTONELLA;DANESI, ROMANO;SENESI, SONIA;
2002

Abstract

The increasing frequency of fungal infections in immunocompromised patients together with the emergence of strains resistant to currently used antifungal drugs point to an increased need for a new class of antimycotics. Antimicrobial peptides are promising candidates for the treatment of fungal infections since they have both mechanisms of action distinct from available antifungal agents and the ability to regulate the host immune defence systems as well. This review focuses on Candida albicans as a large amount of work on the mechanisms of action of classical antifungals as well as antimicrobial peptides, such as defensins, protegrins, histatins and lactoferrin (LF)-derived peptides, has been performed in this yeast. Analogues of these antimicrobial peptides and combinations of antimicrobial peptides with classical antimycotics are under investigation for treatment of candidiasis.
Lupetti, Antonella; Danesi, Romano; J. W., Van; J. T., Van; Senesi, Sonia; P. H., Nibbering
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