Investigation of the in vitro antifungal and antibiofilm activities of ceragenins CSA-8, CSA-13, CSA-44, CSA-131, and CSA-138 against Candida species

Bozkurt-Guzel C., Hacioglu M., SAVAGE P. B.

DIAGNOSTIC MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE, vol.91, no.4, pp.324-330, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Cationic steroid antimicrobials (CSA-ceragenin) are a new class of antimicrobial agent. In vitro activities of CSA-8, CSA-13, CSA-44, CSA-131, and CSA-138 and amphotericin B (AMP-B) were assessed against 50 nonrepeat Candida spp. isolates MICs, MFCs and combination studies were determined. Antibiofilm activities of CSAs, AMP-B, 2 azoles, and 2 echinocandins against Candida albicans were performed. Also, effects of coating the wells of plate with selected CSAs and antifungals were measured. The MIC50 (mu g/mL) values of CSA-8, CSA-13, CSA-44, CSA-131, CSA-138, and AMP-B were 16, 1, 2, 1, 1, and 1, respectively. The MFCs were equal to or 2-fold greater than those of the MICs. Synergistic interactions were mostly seen with CSA-13+ AMP-B combination, whereas the least synergistic interactions were observed with the CSA-131+ AMP-B combination. CSAs inhibited the attachment of Candida biofilms. The studied CSAs and antifungals inhibited C. albicans biofilm formation. In conclusion, CSA-13, CSA-131, and CSA-138 appear to be good candidates (alone or in combination) in the treatment of Candida infections as well as biofilm-related ones. (C) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.