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Infection

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 253–257 | Cite as

Antifungal activity of Myrtus communis against Malassezia sp. isolated from the skin of patients with pityriasis versicolor

  • Aleksandra Barac
  • Matthew Donadu
  • Donatella Usai
  • Vesna Tomic Spiric
  • Vittorio Mazzarello
  • Stefania Zanetti
  • Ema Aleksic
  • Goran Stevanovic
  • Natasa Nikolic
  • Salvatore Rubino
Brief Report

Abstract

The increasing incidence of fungal infections and antifungal resistance has prompted the search for novel antifungal drugs and alternative agents. We explored the antifungal activity of Myrtus communis essential oil (EO) against Malassezia sp. isolated from the skin of patients with pityriasis versicolor. These broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities of M. communis EO and its potent inhibiting activity on Malassezia growth deserve further research with aim to considerate this EO as candidate for topical use in treatment of skin diseases.

Keywords

Antifungal activity Myrtus communis Essential oil Malassezia Pityriasis versicolor 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The paper has been published with the support of the Projects of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Serbia (Nos. III45005 and OI 175025).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

There is no financial or any other conflict of interest.

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© Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2017
, corrected publication December 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleksandra Barac
    • 1
    • 2
  • Matthew Donadu
    • 3
  • Donatella Usai
    • 3
  • Vesna Tomic Spiric
    • 1
    • 4
  • Vittorio Mazzarello
    • 3
  • Stefania Zanetti
    • 3
  • Ema Aleksic
    • 5
  • Goran Stevanovic
    • 1
    • 2
  • Natasa Nikolic
    • 2
  • Salvatore Rubino
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Clinic for Infectious and Tropical DiseasesClinical Centre of SerbiaBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical SciencesUniversity of SassariSassariItaly
  4. 4.Clinic for Allergology and ImmunologyClinical Centre of SerbiaBelgradeSerbia
  5. 5.Faculty of StomatologyUniversity of Business AcademyPancevoSerbia

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