Special Issue "Antifungal Drug Development"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020) | Viewed by 158

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ying-Lien Chen
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Guest Editor
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, National Taiwan University, 10617 Taipei, Taiwan
Interests: antifungal drug development; human fungal pathogens (Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus); plant fungal and bacterial pathogens (Fusarium and Streptomyces); biological control
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue will focus on the development of antifungal agents against human and/or plant fungal pathogens. For human fungal pathogens, approximately 1.2 billion individuals worldwide suffer from fungal infections, and the occurrence of these infections has significantly increased in recent years due to a rise in the number of immunocompromised patients, such as patients with AIDS or those with cancer, organ transplant, or autoimmune disease who require immunosuppressive therapy. Unlike superficial infections that cause local, benign, or self-limiting diseases, invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are deep-seated and include bloodstream and systemic infections as well as infection of specific organs. IFIs are frequently caused by yeast pathogens such as Candida and Cryptococcus; filamentous fungi such as Aspergillus, Fusarium, or Mucor; or less frequently dimorphic fungi, including Coccidioides, Blastomyces, or Histoplasma. Currently, only 3 main classes of antifungals are approved for treatment of patients with IFIs: polyenes, triazoles, and echinocandins. Because our current antifungal therapies have only modest efficacy with significant toxicities, newer antifungal agents or formulations will be urgently needed. Plant fungal pathogens including species in the genus of Fusarium, Magnaporthe, Botrytis, Puccinia, Collectotrichum, Ustilago, and Rhizoctonia can cause enormous losses in yield and quality of many crops, and there are relatively more antifungal choices with >10 classes based on fungicide resistance action committee. However, it is still not sufficient to conquer numerous plant fungal diseases. In summary, this Special Issue plans to highlight the latest research on the development of antifungal agents against human and/or plant fungal pathogens.

Prof. Ying-Lien Chen
Guest Editor

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  • Antifungal drug development
  • human fungal pathogens
  • plant fungal pathogens
  • Candida
  • Cryptococcus
  • Aspergillus
  • Fusarium

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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