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Cryptocandin, a potent antimycotic from the endophytic fungus Cryptosporiopsis cf. quercina


A unique lipopeptide antimycotic, termed cryptocandin, is described from Cryptosporiopsis cf. quercina, an endophytic fungus. Cryptocandin, with a molecular mass of 1079 Da, contains equimolar amounts of 3,4-dihydroxyhomotyrosine, 4-hydroxyproline, threonine, glutamine, 3-hydroxy-4-hydroxymethylproline, 4,5-dihydroxyornithine and palmitic acid. Cryptocandin is chemically related to well-known antimycotics, the echinocandins and pneumocandins, which are produced by such fungi as Zalerion arboricola, Pezicula spp. and Aspergillus spp. Cryptocandin has minimal inhibitory concentration values of 0.03-0.07 microgram ml-1 against isolates of Candida albicans, Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Trichophyton rubrum. Cryptocandin is also active against a number of plant-pathogenic fungi including Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and Botrytis cinerea.

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