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Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1568-0266
ISSN (Online): 1873-4294


Prospective Medicines against the Widespread, Emergent, and Multidrugresistant Opportunistic Fungal Pathogen Candida auris: A Breath of Hope

Author(s): Lívia de Souza Ramos, Laura Nunes Silva, Thaís Pereira de Mello, Heloísa Freire Frota, Marta Helena Branquinha and André Luis Souza dos Santos*

Volume 22, Issue 16, 2022

Published on: 24 June, 2022

Page: [1297 - 1305] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/1568026622666220520153748


The emergence of the pathogen Candida auris is a real concern worldwide, especially due to its multidrug resistance profile, besides the difficulties in establishing the correct identification by conventional laboratory methods and its capacity of causing outbreaks in healthcare settings. The limited arsenal of available antifungal drugs, coupled with the lack of momentum for the development of new reagents, represent a challenge in the management of such a pathogen. In this perspective, we have focused on discussing new, promising treatment options for C. auris infections. These novel drugs include an antifungal agent already approved for medical use in the United States of America, compounds that are already in clinical trials and those with potential for repurposing use against this important fungal pathogen.

Keywords: Candida auris, Candidiasis, Multidrug resistance, Antifungal drugs, Repurposed drugs, Novel compounds.

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