Description: Tolnaftate is used to study the mechanism of ergosterol (sterol) biosynthesis at the rate-limiting step of squalene epoxidase inhibition. Tolnaftate is clinically used to treat cutaneous infections such as athlete?s foot, jock itch, and ringworm1. It also has been used as a comparator compound for antifungal efficiency studies.
Tolnaftate (Aftate, Tinactin, etc.) is an odorless and nonstaining synthetic antifungal agent whose exact mechanism of action is unknown. It is effective against dermatophytes and P. orbiculare and Pityrosporum ovale. It is ineffective against C. albicans and bacteria.
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