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The main goal of the Fridman lab is to gain new insights into the biological activities of antimicrobial agents and discover novel concepts for their development with the focus on antifungal agents. Pathogenic fungi pose a major global clinical challenge, placing them as high priority targets for current drug development. Unlike bacteria, fungi are eukaryotes, and intracellular drug targets reside within different organelles, which limits drug-target interactions. We use synthetic modifications to localize an antifungal drug to the organelle that harbors its target, thereby improving efficacy by increasing the drug’s local concentration in the organelle where its target resides. Using fluorescent antifungal agents and spatio-temporal live cell fluorescent imaging we uncover patterns of molecular descriptors that determine the uptake and subcellular distribution of antifungals and to learn how antifungal drug resistance, tolerance, and mode/s of action are affected by subcellular distribution.


Fridman Lab


March 27, 2024

Congratulations to Adi for the publication of our manuscript entitled "Poacic Acid, a Plant-Derived Stilbenoid, Augments Cell Wall Chitin Production, but Its Antifungal Activity Is Hindered by This Polysaccharide and by Fungal Essential Metals"

in Biochemistry

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