Molecular Drug Targets in Candida glabrata

  • Payal Gupta Department of Biotechnology, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, India
  • Nishant Rai Department of Biotechnology, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, India
  • Navin Kumar Department of Biotechnology, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, India
Keywords: Candida glabrata, Molecular Target, Drug Target, Kre1, Kre2, Cch1, Mid1, Cdr1, Rox1, Upc2B


Incidence of candidiasis has increased in past decade. Epidemiology is reported shifting from albicans to non-albicans Candida (NAC) species like C. glabrata, which is intrinsically resistant to azole drugs. No new antifungal has come into practice from last decade. Rising resistance to existing antifungal (in clinical isolates of Candida) have necessitated the need for new antifungals. New molecular drug targets need to be explored for the development of novel antifungal drugs. The drug targets are oftenly the cellular proteins of various metabolic pathways (like ergosterol synthesis-, cell wall biogenesis-, calcium-calcineurin-and DNA checkpoint pathways etc.), having no significant similarity with host proteins to overrule the possibility of side effects. In this review, some potential proteins of C. glabrata and their pathways are discussed in context to explore their potential as drug target for antifungal drug development.


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