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New Lead Structures in Antifungal Drug Discovery

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During the past two decades, the incidence of invasive fungal infections has been increasing dramatically. Clinical available antifungal agents have several drawbacks such as limited potency and spectrum, drug related toxicity, non-optimal pharmacokinetics, and severe resistance. There is an emergent need to develop new antifungal drugs with novel chemical structures and novel mechanism of action. This review will focus on the most significant achievements in the discovery of antifungal lead structures within last few years. In particular, we pay more attention on the structureactivity relationship of antifungal leads and provide perspectives for future antifungal drug discovery.

Keywords: Antifungal; lead compounds; rational drug design; structure-activity relationship

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2011

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  • Current Medicinal Chemistry covers all the latest and outstanding developments in medicinal chemistry and rational drug design. Each issue contains a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of the current topics in medicinal chemistry. Current Medicinal Chemistry is an essential journal for every medicinal chemist who wishes to be kept informed and up-to-date with the latest and most important developments.

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