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J Antimicrob Chemother. 2000 Sep;46(3):485-7.

In vitro antifungal activity of FK463, a new water-soluble echinocandin-like lipopeptide.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Medicine, Gifu University, 40 Tsukasa-machi, Gifu City, Gifu 500-8705, Japan.


The antifungal activity of FK463 against 72 recent clinical isolates of Candida albicans (24), Candida glabrata (17), Candida tropicalis (11), Candida krusei (8) and Candida parapsilosis (12) was compared with those of amphotericin B, fluconazole and itraconazole by means of a broth microdilution method specified by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) document M27-A. The lowest drug concentration at which 90% of the population was inhibited (MIC(90)) of FK463 against C. albicans, C. glabrata, C. tropicalis, C. krusei and C. parapsilosis was 0.0156, 0. 0156, 0.0313, 0.125 and 1 mg/L, respectively. FK463 exhibited broad-spectrum activity against clinically important Candida spp. (MIC range < or =0.0039-2 mg/L), and its MICs for such fungi were lower than those of other antifungal agents tested. The minimum fungicidal concentrations for Candida spp. did not differ by more than two-fold from the MICs. Results from pre-clinical evaluations performed to date indicate that FK463 should be a potent parenteral antifungal agent.

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