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DRUGS FROM FUNGI

Lostatin-Lovastatin-DRUGS FROM FUNGI

Introduction

Fungi make an extraordinarily important contribution to managing disease in humans and other animals. At the beginning of the 21st century, Fungi were involved in the industrial processing of more than 10 of the 20 most profitable products used in human medicine. Two anti-cholesterol statins, the antibiotic penicillin and the immunosuppressant cyclosporin A are among the top 10. Each of these has a turn over in excess of $1 billion annually. Drug discovery continues. The following have recently been approved for human use: Micafungin is an antifungal agent; mycophenolate is used to prevent tissue rejection; Rosuvastatin is usd to reduce cholesterol; and cefditoren as an antibiotic. Read more




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