Cytotoxic Effects of Antifungal Drugs on Cultured Human Conjunctival Cells

  • Nobuo Takahashi
  • Teiichiroh Murayama
  • Minoru Miyakoshi
  • Takayuki Kurihara


We evaluated the cytotoxicity of 3 antifungal drugs using cultured human conjunctival cells. Cell growth curve, electron microscopic appearance and analysis of DNA histograms were studied after 2 to 4 min exposures to the test solution. Amphotericin B inhibited cell growth dose-dependently. Amphotericin B from 50 µg/ml to 100 µg/ml revealed loss of microvilli and a remarkable decrease in cell population. Miconazole (10 mg/ml) destroyed the cells completely. Fluconazole, at a concentration usually used (1 mg/ml), did not cause inhibition of cell growth or damage to the cell surface. None of the drugs studied resulted in abnormal pattern on DNA histograms.


Ocular Surface Antifungal Drug Ophthalmic Solution Abnormal Pattern Benzalkonium Chloride 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nobuo Takahashi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Teiichiroh Murayama
    • 2
  • Minoru Miyakoshi
    • 1
  • Takayuki Kurihara
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical Research InstituteKanazawa Medical UniversityUchinada, Kahoku IshikawaJapan
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyKanazawa Medical UniversityUchinada, Kahoku IshikawaJapan

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