Synthesis and antifungal activity of functionalized 2,3-spirostane isomers

Sunil Kumar Upadhyay, Clinton C. Creech, Katharine L. Bowdy, Edwin D. Stevens, Branko S. Jursic, Donna M. Neumann

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Invasive fungal infections are a major complication for individuals with compromised immune systems. One of the most significant challenges in the treatment of invasive fungal infections is the increased resistance of many organisms to widely used antifungals, making the development of novel antifungal agents essential. Many naturally occurring products have been found to be effective antimicrobial agents. In particular, saponins with spirostane glycosidic moieties - isolated from plant or marine species - have been shown to possess a range of antimicrobial properties. In this report, we outline a novel approach to the synthesis of a number of functionalized spirostane molecules that can be further used as building blocks for novel spirostane-linked glycosides and present results from the in vitro screenings of the antifungal potential of each derivative against four fungal species, including Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans, Candida glabrata, and the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2826-2831
Number of pages6
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Antifungal compounds
  • Spirostanes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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