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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
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JOHANN, Susana; PIZZOLATTI, Moacir G.; DONNICI, Cláudio L. and RESENDE, Maria Aparecida de. Antifungal properties of plants used in Brazilian traditional medicine against clinically relevant fungal pathogens. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2007, vol.38, n.4, pp. 632-637. ISSN 1678-4405. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-83822007000400010.
Antifungal properties of extracts from eight Brazilian plants traditionally used in popular Brazilian medicine were tested against five clinically relevant Candida species, Cryptococcus neoformans, and Sporothrix schenckii. Results demonstrate that almost all extracts exhibited antifungal activity, at least against one of the microorganisms tested. The ethanolic extract from the leaves of Schinus terebinthifolius exhibited potential antifungal activity against C. glabrata and S. schenckii. Preliminary phytochemical analysis of extract from S. terebinthifolius showed the presence of biologically active compounds, namely saponins, flavonoids, triterpenes, steroids and tannins.
Keywords : Antifungal properties; medicinal plants; susceptibility test.