Cayenne's Antifungal Properties

July 9, 2009

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Cayenne's Antifungal Properties

BELTSVILLE, Md.A patented antifungal plant compound in cayenne, CAY-1, holds promise for dual use as an antifungal in both agriculture and medicine, according to new research from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

CAY-1 is believed to work by attaching to fungal membranes, where it causes cell components to leak, eventually killing the cell. CAY-1 also may enter fungal cells and adversely affect certain signaling pathways that damage the mitochondriathe powerhouses for several cellular processesin cells.

 

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