Ciclopirox (also known as CPX, Penlac, Loprox, Ciclodan, CNL8 Nail, and others) is a widely-used synthetic anti-fungal and anti-yeast agent used to treat surface (i.e. external) skin infections.
Its specific “mechanism of action is not understood well.”
It's possible that the antifungal activity may be partially caused by iron limitation in the infecting organism (ref. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 47(6); 2003). Alternatively, other research groups suggest that ciclopirox may be disrupting DNA repair, cell division signals and structures (mitotic spindles) as well as some elements of intracellular transport. (ref. Mol Cells 28;15(1):55-61)
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