Candicidin is a fungicidal polyene antifungal agent derived from Streptomyces griseus, named for its high activity against the yeast Candida albicans.
|Mechanism of Action||Candicidin alters membrane permeability by binding to ergosterol, a membrane sterol unique to fungi. As a result, an intracellular ion imbalance occurs leading to cell death.|
|Spectrum||Candicidin targets primarily fungi responsible for vulvovaginal candidiasis namely Candida albicans.|
|References||Hammond, SM and Kliger BN (1976) Mode of action of the polyene antibiotic Candicidin: Binding factors in the wall of Candida albicans. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 9(4):561-568
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