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Research Article - Annals of Experimental Biology ( 2023) Volume 11, Issue 2

In vitro antimycotic activity against C. albicans ATCC 24433 by the soil isolate Streptomyces sp. M7

Neha Singh1,2*, Khushboo Bhange3, Shikha Soni4, Kamlesh Jain4, Vibhuti Rai1 and O. P. Sharma5
1Department of Microbiology, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, 492001, India
2Virology Lab, Department of Microbiology, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. 492001, India
3Department of Biochemistry, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. 492001, India
4Department of Community Medicine, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. 492001, India
5Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi, 110001, India
*Corresponding Author:
Neha Singh, Virology Lab, Department of Microbiology, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. 492001, India, Email:

Received: 27-Mar-2023, Manuscript No. aeb-23-92929; Editor assigned: 28-Mar-2023, Pre QC No. aeb-23-92929 (PQ); Reviewed: 30-Mar-2023, QC No. aeb-23-92929 (Q); Revised: 03-Apr-2023, Manuscript No. aeb-23-92929 (R); Published: 05-Apr-2023


Streptomyces sp. is a promising source for secondary metabolites exhibiting diverse biological activities. The present study reports the antimycotic activity against Candida albicans ATCC 24433 by soil isolate Streptomyces sp. M7. Antimycotic activity against Candida albicans ATCC 24433 was tested by agar well diffusion method on sabouraud dextrose agar plate with the zone of inhibition 29 mm ± 0.5 mm. Isolate was grown in starch casein nitrate broth at 30°C on a rotary shaker at 200 rpm. The antimycotic activity was determined after 5 days of incubation. Isolate was characterized as Streptomyces chromofuscus based on morphological and biochemical characterization and using PIB-Win identification software with a score 1.0. 


Streptomyces sp., Antimycotic activity, Fungal Pathogens, Soil Isolates


Antimycotic drug resistance has increased globally as a result of incorrect use or overuse of antimycotic medications. Antimycotic resistance is one of the major causes of illness and mortality in immunocompromised individuals [1]. Strategies for the search for and discovery of novel antibiotics are generally based on the screening of naturally existing Streptomyces sp. [2]. Actinomycetes that exist naturally are typically screened as a preliminary step for methods used in the search for and discovery of novel antibiotics [3]. Actinomycetes are the source of over 70% of all antibiotics that are now known and reported, of which 75% are used in medicine and 60% in the agriculture field [4]. Streptomyces typically make up a significant fraction of Actinobacteria in natural soil habitats. From the genus Streptomyces, almost 45% of important bioactive chemicals currently known have been identified [5,6]. Bearing the aforementioned information in mind, the current work intends to isolate Streptomyces from distinctive and undiscovered environments in Chhattisgarh that produce novel bioactive antimycotic compounds. As fungal diseases emerged as risks to public health. The fungal spores in the aerosols, which include species of Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Chaetomium, Penicillium, Wallemia, and Stachybotrys, among others, have been linked to numerous potentially fatal respiratory illnesses, including hypersensitivity, pneumonia, Aspergillosis, Candidiasis, Mucormycosis, and cancer [7]. Therefore, the goal of the present research was to identify Streptomyces sp. having antimycotic activity from the soil.

Materials and Methods

Isolation and maintenance of Isolate M7

One gram of dried composite soil sample was dissolved in 9 ml of 0.85% normal saline solution to prepare 10-fold serial dilutions aseptically in the test tube (10-2 to 10-5). In triplicate, aliquots of 100 µl from each tube were transferred and evenly disseminated on the surface of starch casein nitrate agar media [8]. Plates were incubated at 30°C for 5 days - 7 days in the inverted position. Isolates with distinctive morphologies, colonies, and patterns of growth were selected, transferred to the appropriate agar slants, and stored at 4°C in the refrigerator for further use.

Characterization of strain M7

The isolate was identified based on morphological, and biochemical characteristics [6,7]. Utilization of starch, guanine, esculin, gelatin, urea, and Tween 20 was noted. Reaction for the catalase, oxidase, hydrogen sulfide production, and melanin on tyrosine agar medium was observed. The isolate growth on different concentrations of NaCl (1%-5%), potassium tellurite (0.01%-0.001%), and phenol (0.1%) was observed. Utilization of different carbon and nitrogen sources such as D-glucose, dextran, L-arginine, L-rhamnose, L- cysteine, D-lactose, D-sorbitol, L-tyrosine, L-asparagine, D-maltose, L-serine, cellobiose, DL-α-amino-n-butyric acid, L-histidine, D-mannitol, meso-inositol and growth at a different range of temperature 15°C -37°C and at pH between 4-9 was recorded. Finally, isolate M7 was identified using PIB-Win identification software.

Antimycotic activity

To see the antimycotic activity isolate M7 grown in starch casein nitrate broth with the composition g/L: starch: 10; Casein:30; KNO3 : 2.0; MgSO4 : 0.05; K2 HPO4 ; 2.0; NaCL:2; CaCO3 :0.02; FeSO4 .7H2 O: 0.01. A loopful culture of the isolate was inoculated in a 1 liter flask containing 500ml of broth in triplicates. All the flasks were incubated at 30°C at 200 rpm in a rotatory shaker for 5 days.

Agar well diffusion method

After incubation 2 ml of fermented broth was transferred to 5 ml of Eppendorf tube and centrifuged at 12,000 rpm in a cooling centrifuge. The surface of on sabouraud dextrose agar was swabbed with test organism C. albicans ATCC 24433 using a sterilized cotton swab to access the antimycotic activity, and 6 mm diameter wells were cut using a sterile cork borer on the same sabouraud dextrose agar plate [2,5,6]. 100 ul of centrifuged and fermented broth was added using sterile micro tips and a pipette. Plates were refrigerated for 30 minutes to allow the metabolite to diffuse. The plates were then kept at 30°C for 48 hours-72 hours. The Zone of Inhibition (ZoI) was measured following incubation to express the antimycotic activity

Test organism used

C. albicans ATCC 24433 were obtained from the Microbial Type Culture Collection and Gene Bank (MTCC), IMTECH, Chandigarh to assess the antimycotic activity of isolates.

Results and Discussion

Isolation, morphological and biochemical characterization of strain M7

The isolate M7 was well isolated on starch casein nitrate agar media at 30°C. The optimum incubation time was 5 days and the isolate was able to degrade starch, guanine, esculin, gelatin, urea, Tween 20, and. Isolate showed a positive reaction for catalase, oxidase, and hydrogen sulfide production (Figure 1a,b). The isolate was able to produce melanin on a tyrosine agar medium. The isolate was able to grow with 1% -5% NaCl, 0.01-0.001% potassium tellurite, and 0.1% phenol. It was able to utilize D-glucose, dextran, L-arginine, L-rhamnose, L- cysteine, D-lactose, D-sorbitol, L-tyrosine, L-asparagine, D-maltose, L-serine, cellobiose, DL-αamino-n-butyric acid, L-histidine, D-mannitol, meso-inositol. The isolate was able to grow at a temperature of 15°C-37°C and at a pH between 4-9. M7 was identified as Streptomyces chromofuscus and the PIB-Win identification score was 1.0 [2].


Figure 1. Biochemical properties of Isolate M7 (a) starch hydrolysis activity (b) H2S utilization

Antimycotic activity

After incubation of 5 days of isolate M7, extracellular antimycotic activity was accessed using sabouraud dextrose agar against test organism C. albicans ATCC 24433. The zone of inhibition was recorded as 29 mm ± 0.5 mm. clear area around the well indicated the antimycotic activity of the fermented broth and inhibition of the fungal strain (Figure 2). To see the extracellular activity fermented broth was centrifuged at 12000 rpm and the cell-free broth was loaded into wells on SDA plates. Most antibiotics are extracellular has been noticed in various research, and more research is needed to clarify the extraction, purification, and characterization of the antifungal metabolite [9]. Antimicrobial production is greatly affected by cultural conditions such as aeration and mixing of the nutrients in the fermentation media are impacted by agitation and so secondary metabolite production [10,11]. The yield of the antifungal metabolite is strongly impacted by temperature variations from the ideal range. Hence, the optimum production of the secondary metabolite is necessary for these isolates [12]. In our study, we investigate the isolation of novel actinomycete strains to produce novel compounds with antimycotic properties from largely unexplored agroecological niches in India. Also, this discovery provides the path for future characterization of these Streptomyces sp. isolates for optimal antifungal usage.


Figure 2.Antimycotic activity of isolate M7 against C. albicans ATCC 24433


Isolate M7 produced an antimycotic compound against the C. albicans and it can be a potential source of an antimycotic-producing strain isolated from the soil as a natural source. The author already reported various antibacterial and antimycotic compounds producing Streptomyces sp. From the soil of Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh is the central state of India and is covered 40% of the forest area. This region of unexplored and previous reports also indicated that these regions could be explored more in the search for new antimicrobialproducing Streptomyces sp. Secondary metabolites produced by these strains can be used to treat various bacterial and fungal diseases