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Synthesis of new imidazole-based ionic liquids with antifungal activity against Candida albicans


Background and Objectives: Candida albicans cause a problematic condition in immunocompromised patients that could not be treated quickly due to the resistant behavior of microorganisms. This study aimed to investigate the effect of a novel ionic liquid (IL) as a new drug on C. albicans strains.
Materials and Methods: Seven newly binary ionic liquids mixtures were synthesized, and among them, ([prollinium chloride] [1-methylimidazolium 3-sulfonate] ([pro-HCl][MImS]) was selected and characterized by 1HNMR, 13C NMR, and FT-IR methods. Samples from patients (n=50) with candidiasis were collected and identified through culture media. ERG11 gene overexpression was related to resistance against azole-bearing drugs. The antibiogram, well diffusion assay, MICs, and MFCs tests were operated. PCR and Real-time evaluated the expression of the ERG11 gene, and the rate of cell death was detected using Flow Cytometry.
Results: Our data manifested that this novel IL (Ionic Liquid) can inhibit C. albican's growth, reduce the expression of ERG11 and increase dead cells.
Conclusion: The newly synthesized IL had an inhibiting effect on the growth of the C. albicans strains and may be used as an alternative candidate for novel drug design.

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IssueVol 15 No 6 (2023) QRcode
SectionOriginal Article(s)
DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijm.v15i6.14162
Ionic liquid; Imidazole; Proline; ERG11; Candida albicans

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Habibi A, Bayat M, Omidi B, Ezabadi A, Mortazavi P. Synthesis of new imidazole-based ionic liquids with antifungal activity against Candida albicans. Iran J Microbiol. 2023;15(6):811-820.