Deborah K. B. Runyoro

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BACKGROUND Candida albicans has become resistant to the already limited, toxic and expensive anti-Candida agents available in the market. These factors necessitate the search for new anti-fungal agents. METHODS Sixty-three plant extracts, from 56 Tanzanian plant species obtained through the literature and interviews with traditional healers, were(More)
An ethnomedical survey in Coast, Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Tanga regions of Tanzania has resulted in the identification of 36 plant species belonging to 21 plant families that are used traditionally for the treatment of Candida infections. Twenty-one plants constituting 58.3% of all collected plants are used to treat of oral candidiasis (Utando) one of(More)
The chemical composition of the essential oils obtained from the aerial parts of Helichrysum cymosum and H. fulgidum, from Tanzania, were analyzed by GC and GC/MS. A total of sixty-five compounds, representing 92.4% and 88.2% of the two oils, respectively, were identified. trans-Caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, beta-pinene, p-cymene, spathulenol and(More)
Combretum zeyheri Sond (Combretaceae) has been reported to exhibit anticandida activity against Candida kruzei, C. albicans, and C. parapsilosis; however, the active constituents have not been isolated so far. A bioactivity-guided fractionation of MeOH extract of C. zeyheri resulted in the isolation of triterpenoids, ursolic acid (1.1), oleanolic acid(More)
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