2004 年 57 巻 12 号 p. 788-796
FR227244 is a novel triterpene glycoside that exhibits in vitro antifungal activity against filamentous fungi such as Aspergillus sp. and Trichophyton sp. and yeast such as Candida utilis and Candida parapsilosis but shows low activity against Candida albicans, Candida krusei and Candida tropicalis. Specifically, FR227244 exhibits in vitro and in vivo antifungal activity against Aspergillus fumigatus. The minimum effective concentration (MEC) of FR227244 against A. fumigatus FP1305 in a micro-broth dilution test was 0.031μg/ml. FR227244 showed good efficacy by subcutaneous injection and oral administration against A. fumigatus in a murine systemic infection model, with ED50s of 1.9 and 18mg/kg, respectively. FR227244 inhibited glucan synthesis in a 1, 3-β-glucan synthase assay weakly and in whole cells strongly, but did not effect other macromolecule synthesis, including protein, nucleic acids, mannan and chitin. These results and the effect on hyphal morphology of A. fumigatus suggested that FR227244 showed antifungal activity based on inhibition of glucan synthesis.