, Volume 183, Issue 6, pp 905–912 | Cite as

Comparison of Killing Activity of Micafungin Against Six Candida Species Isolated from Peritoneal and Pleural Cavities in RPMI-1640, 10 and 30% Serum

  • Zoltán Tóth
  • Tamás Kardos
  • Renátó Kovács
  • Gábor Kardos
  • Fruzsina Nagy
  • Eszter Prépost
  • Zsolt Barta
  • István Takacs
  • László MajorosEmail author
Original Paper


Currently echinocandins are recommended in Candida peritonitis and pleuritis. We determined micafungin killing rates (k values) at therapeutic concentrations (0.25–2 mg/L) in RPMI-1640 with and without 10 and 30% serum mimicking in vivo conditions against six Candida species isolated from peritoneal and pleural fluid. In RPMI-1640, micafungin was fungicidal against C. glabrata, C. krusei and C. kefyr within 2.27 ± 10.68, 2.69 ± 10.29 and 3.10 ± 4.41 h, respectively, while was fungistatic against C. albicans, C. tropicalis and C. parapsilosis. In 10% serum, ≥ 0.25, ≥ 0.5, ≥ 0.5 and ≥ 1 mg/L micafungin produced positive k values (killing) for all C. albicans, C. glabrata, C. kefyr and C. krusei, respectively. In 30% serum, 2 mg/L micafungin produced killing against all C. albicans, C. glabrata and C. kefyr isolates, but was ineffective against C. krusei, C. parapsilosis and 2 of 3 C. tropicalis. Micafungin exposure should be increased against non-albicans species to eradicate fungi from peritoneal and pleural cavities.


Candida peritonitis Candida pleuritis Echinocandins Non-albicans Candida species 



L. Majoros received conference travel grants from MSD, Astellas and Pfizer.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoltán Tóth
    • 1
  • Tamás Kardos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Renátó Kovács
    • 1
    • 3
  • Gábor Kardos
    • 1
  • Fruzsina Nagy
    • 1
  • Eszter Prépost
    • 1
  • Zsolt Barta
    • 4
  • István Takacs
    • 5
  • László Majoros
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Medical MicrobiologyUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  2. 2.Department of Pulmonology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  3. 3.Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  4. 4.Department of Infectology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  5. 5.Faculty of HealthUniversity of MiskolcMiskolcHungary

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