Antifungal susceptibility of epigallocatechin 3-O-gallate (EGCg) on clinical isolates of pathogenic yeasts

Bong Joo Park, Jong Chul Park, Hideaki Taguchi, Kazutaka Fukushima, Suong Hyu Hyon, Kosuke Takatori

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This is the first report to investigate the antifungal susceptibility of 21 clinical isolates of seven Candida species to epigallocatechin 3-O-gallate (EGCg) and to compare with six antifungal agents, amphotericin B (AMPH), fluconazole (FLCZ), flucytosin (5FC), itraconazole (ITCZ), micafungin (MCFG), and miconazole (MCZ), using a method following the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) M27-A guidelines. Among the tested species, Candida glabrata exhibited the highest susceptibility to EGCg (MIC50, 0.5-1 μg/ml and MIC90, 1-2 μg/ml) compared favorably with FLCZ, although they were slightly less susceptible than to AMPH, 5FC, MCFG, ITCZ, and MCZ. Candida guilliemondii and Candida parapsilosis (MIC50, 1-4 μg/ml and MIC90, 2-16 μg/ml) were also susceptible to EGCg, although they appear to be slightly less susceptible to EGCg than C. glabrata and the other antifungal agents tested. Moreover, the susceptibility of Candida krusei strains (MIC50, 2 μg/ml and MIC90, 4-8 μg/ml) to EGCg was approximately 2- to 8-fold higher than those of 5FC and FLCZ. Our data indicate that EGCg can inhibit clinically pathogenic Candida species, although the concentrations of EGCg for antifungal susceptibility were slightly higher than those of tested antifungal agents on the whole. Based on these results, we suggest that EGCg may be effectively used as a possible agent or adjuvant for antifungal therapy in Candidiasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-405
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug 25

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Funding Information:
This study was partly supported by Cooperative Research Program of Research Center for Pathogenic Fungi and Microbial Toxicoses, Chiba University [05-29], and National Institute of Health Sciences in Japan.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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