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Drug Resist Updat. 2000 Dec;3(6):364-383.

The role of murine models in the development of antifungal therapy for systemic mycoses.

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University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, USA


Animal testing is crucial to the development of new antifungal compounds. This review describes the role that murine and other animal models have played in the development of three classes of antifungal agents: the polyenes, the triazoles and the echinocandins and the ways in which these models have been either the positive link in the path from in vitro studies to the patient, or have foreclosed later clinical evaluation. Efficacy studies in particular mycoses are discussed, as well as studies designed to determine whether combinations of antifungal drugs may have value over single agents.


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