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Synthesis, Cytotoxicity Evaluation, and Antifungal Activity of Novel Nitroglycerin Derivatives against Clinical Candida albicans Isolates


Background: Candida albicans remains the main cause of candidiasis in most clinical settings. Available drugs for candidiasis treatment have many side effects. In this work, novel nitroglycerin derivatives were synthesized and their cytotoxic and antifungal effects evaluated against fluconazole susceptible and resistant clinical C. albicans isolates.

Methods: This experimental study was performed in Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Baqiatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran between Feb to Dec 2019. The in vitro activities of two novel nitroglycerin derivatives (1b and 2b) against 25 clinical fluconazole-susceptible and resistant C. albicans isolates and four standard C. albicans strains were determined according to CLSI reference M27-A3 documents. The cytotoxicity of chemical compounds was investigated near the SNL76/7 cells by colorimetric assay. Real-time PCRs were performed to evaluate the alterations in the regulation of ERG11 and CDR1 genes under nitroglycerin derivatives-treated and untreated conditions.

Results: The derivatives 1b and 2b exhibited potent antifungal activity against C. albicans isolates; MICs and MFCs varied from 18 μg/ml to 72 μg/ml and 36 μg/ml to 144 μg/ml, respectively. The cell viability evaluation demonstrated that both chemical compounds are safe within 24h. The nitroglycerin derivatives were able to reduce the transcription level of CDR1 and ERG11 genes in all susceptible and resistant C. albicans isolates.

Conclusion: Considering the potential and efficacy of these compounds against clinical C. albicans isolates, the complementary in vivo and clinical trials should be investigated.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijph.v50i9.7060
Nitroglycerin Candida albicans Antifungal activities

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Rashidi N, Rezaie S, Hashemi SJ, Habibi A, Baghersad MH, Daie R, Khodavaisy S, Bakhshi H, Salimi A, Getso MI, Rafat Z. Synthesis, Cytotoxicity Evaluation, and Antifungal Activity of Novel Nitroglycerin Derivatives against Clinical Candida albicans Isolates. Iran J Public Health. 2021;50(9):1872-1881.