Are Reduction Potentials of Antifungal Agents Relevant to Activity?

Peter Kovacic*, Patrick F. Kiser, Benjamin A. Feinberg

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Cyclic voltammetry data were obtained for several categories of fungicidal agents including quinones (akrobomycin, podosporin A), iminium ions and precursors (pyridazines, 15-azahomosterol, griseofulvin-4′-oxime), and metal derivatives of chelators (pyridine-2-aldehyde thiosemicarbazones). The reductions usually occurred in the range of −0.7 to +0.3 V. Reduction potentials provide information on the feasibility of electron transfer in vivo. Catalytic production of oxidative stress from redox cycling is a possible mode of action. Alternatively, there may be interference with normal electron transport chains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-288
Number of pages6
JournalPharmaceutical Research: An Official Journal of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1990


  • electrochemistry
  • electron transfer
  • fungicides
  • iminium
  • mechanism
  • metal complexes
  • oxidative stress
  • quinones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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