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Natamycin is a naturally occurring macrolide polyene antifungal agent produced during fermentation by the bacterium S. natalensis, commonly found in soil.


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Natamycin (l), from Streptomyces nataIensis and Streptomyces chat tanoogensis, is used for the control of diseases of bulbs. With minimal inhibitory concentrations ranging from 4-64 µM, natamycin is used to treat fungal infections, including Candida, Aspergillus, Cephalosporium, Fusarium, and Penicillium. Natamycin blocks fungal growth by binding specifically to ergosterol with an apparent affinity of ~100 µM, but it does not permeabilize cell membranes as other polyene antibiotics are known to do. Natamycin is also used in the food industry as a preservative. In addition to therapeutic and food use, Natamycin has applications including use as an agricultural chemical and wood preservative.