Allyl alcohol and garlic (Allium sativum) extract produce oxidative stress in Candida albicans

Katey M. Lemar, Ourania Passa, Miguel A. Aon, Sonia Cortassa, Carsten T. Müller, Sue Plummer, Brian O'Rourke, David Lloyd

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

65 Scopus citations


Both the growth and respiration of Candida albicans are sensitive to extracts of Allium sativum and investigations into the anticandidal activities are now focussing on the purified constituents to determine the targets of inhibition. Of particular interest is allyl alcohol (AA), a metabolic product that accumulates after trituration of garlic cloves. Putative targets for AA were investigated by monitoring changes in intracellular responses after exposure of C. albicans cells to AA or a commercially available garlic extract. Two-photon laser scanning microscopy and other techniques were used. Changes typical of oxidative stress - NADH oxidation and glutathione depletion, and increased reactive oxygen species - were observed microscopically and by flow cytometry. Known targets for AA are alcohol dehydrogenases Adh1 and 2 (in the cytosol) and Adh3 (mitochondrial), although the significant decrease in NAD(P)H after addition of AA is indicative of another mechanism of action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3257-3265
Number of pages9
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology


Dive into the research topics of 'Allyl alcohol and garlic (Allium sativum) extract produce oxidative stress in Candida albicans'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this