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Phytochemicals: New Avenues in Anticandidal Activity

  • Richa RaghuwanshiEmail author
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Abstract

Human fungal infections have significantly increased in recent years particularly in immunocompromised hosts. Candidiasis is one of them. The emergence of new virulence factors and drug resistance in its aetiological agent Candida spp. beckons the need for new drug discoveries, as the present-day drugs are insufficient in combating the disease. Therapeutic alternatives can be the medicinal plants and phytocompounds, which have been in traditional system of medicine for their empirical antifungal properties. They could be reliable alternatives to overcome the disadvantages of antifungal drugs that include undesirable side effects, toxicity, recurrence, drug-drug interactions, and multiple drug resistance. The present article reviews the anticandidal activity of different medicinal plants and phytochemicals under the major classes of secondary metabolites such as phenolics, alkaloids, terpenoids, saponins, flavonoids, proteins, and peptides.

Keywords

Anticandidal activity Medicinal plants Phytocompounds 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Botany, Mahila MahavidyalayaBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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