Candida albicans vaginitis in a murine model is reduced by polypeptide-enriched Gastrodia elata extracts.

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Candida albicans vaginitis in a murine model is reduced by polypeptide-enriched Gastrodia elata extracts.

Future Microbiol. 2019 Aug 02;:

Authors: Cai X, Kong F, Wang R, Zhai S, Guan X, Zhang G, Wang D

Abstract
Aim: The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of polypeptide-enriched Gastrodia elata extracts (GE) on vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC). Materials & methods: A VVC model induced by Candida albicans (C. albicans) infection was successfully developed in BALB/c mice. After treatment, the colony forming unit (CFU) of vaginal lavage was measured by plating. The extent of the inflammatory response was assessed by hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) staining and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results: GE had an inhibitory effect on the proliferation of C. albicans and inflammatory reaction. Meanwhile, it had a potentially beneficial effect on the growth of Lactobacillus. Conclusion: These results showed the potential application of GE as an antifungal agent in VVC treatment.

PMID: 31373210 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]