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Anti-yeast activities of Origanum oil against human pathogenic yeasts

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Outbreak of autoimmune diseases by pathogenic yeasts has led to a serious medical threat. As these organisms evolve resistance to existing antifungal drugs, the concern could be further compounded. The realm of plant derived products offers a wide spectrum of potentially valuable alternatives to the existing synthetic fungicides. Essential oils from sev-eral medicinal plants have been shown to exhibit pharmacological attributes. In the present study, anti-yeast properties of Oregano essential oil (OEO) were examined in vitro against four human patho-genic yeasts i.e., Candida albicans, Cryptococcus al-bidus, Cryptococcus neoformans and Rhodotorula ru-brum. OEO concentration of 200 μg/mL was found to be growth inhibitory against all four yeasts examined, thereby showing its potential to function as a natural anti-yeast agent.

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Adams, A. , Kumar, S. , Clauson, J. and Sahi, S. (2011) Anti-yeast activities of Origanum oil against human pathogenic yeasts. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, 2, 103-107. doi: 10.4236/abb.2011.22016.

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