Antifungal Drug Development: Targeting the Fungal Sphingolipid Pathway

J Fungi (Basel). 2020 Aug 20;6(3):142. doi: 10.3390/jof6030142.


Fungal infections are becoming more prevalent and problematic due to the continual rise of immune deficient patients as well as the progressive development of drug resistance towards currently available antifungal drugs. There has been a significant increase in the development of antifungal compounds with a similar mechanism of action of current drugs. In contrast, there has been very little progress in developing compounds inhibiting totally new fungal targets or/and fungal pathways. This review focuses on novel compounds recently discovered to target the fungal sphingolipids and their metabolizing enzymes.

Keywords: antifungals; aspergillosis; candidiasis; cryptococcosis; drug development; fungal infections; sphingolipids.

Publication types

  • Review