Germ tube formation changes surface hydrophobicity of Candida cells

A G Rodrigues, Per-Anders Mårdh, C Pina-Vaz, J Martinez-de-Oliveira, A F Fonseca

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Hydrophobic interaction is generally considered to play an important role in the adherence of microorganisms to eukaryotic cells and also to certain inert surfaces. Using a microbe adhesion assay to hydrocarbons (n-hexadecane), 68 strains of Candida albicans and 30 non-albicans strains were studied. Influence of source of isolate, age of the culture, and percentage of germ tube formation on adhesion were studied. C. albicans blastoconidia were found to be hydrophilic; conversely, blastoconidia of non-albicans strains were slightly more hydrophobic. Germ tube formation was associated with a significant rise in cell surface hydrophobicity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-226
JournalInfectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

Free keywords

  • Candida albicans
  • Candida non-albicans
  • cell surface hydrophobicity
  • adhesion
  • cell adhesion


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