NCI Drug Dictionary

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The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

liposomal amphotericin B
A liposome-encapsulated formulation of the polyene antifungal antibiotic amphotericin B produced by the bacterium Streptomyces nodosus with antifungal activity. Amphotericin B binds to ergosterol, an essential component of the fungal cell membrane, and alters cell membrane integrity, resulting in leakage of intracellular components and cell rupture. This agent may also induce oxidative damage in fungal cells and has been reported to stimulate host immune cells. Compared to amphotericin B alone, liposomal delivery of amphotericin B allows for a greater drug concentration in target tissues while decreasing systemic side effects. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
Synonym:amphotericin B-lipid complex
US brand names:Abelcet