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TitleImpact of alternative carbon sources and antifungal treatment on Candida glabrata biofilms' transcription profile
Author(s)Alves, Rosana Maria Abreu
Kastora, Stavroula
Pinho, Eva Patrícia Paiva Santos
Rodrigues, Célia Fortuna
Silva, Sónia Carina
Casal, Margarida
Alistair, Brown
Henriques, Mariana
Paiva, Sandra
Issue date2016
Abstract(s)Candida glabrata is considered a major opportunistic fungal pathogen of humans and has emerged as a leading cause of nosocomial fungal infections. The capacity of this yeast species to cause infections is dependent on the ability to grow within the human host environment and to assimilate the carbon sources available. Previous studies have suggested that Candida can encounter glucose-poor microenvironments during infection and that the ability to use alternative non-fermentable carbon sources, such as carboxylic acids, contributes to the virulence of these fungi. Our recent study (Mota et al., 2015) supported this view by demonstrating that acetic acid influences C. glabrata behavior in biofilm formation, antifungal drug resistance and phagocytosis; and suggesting a potential role of putative carboxylate transporters on these processes. In order to extend our studies and provide a comprehensive view of the C. glabrata biofilms’ response to alternative carbon sources and antifungal treatment, we performed comparative transcriptomics analyses using RNA-sequencing. Our data support the view that adaptative responses of Candida cells to the types of carbon source present in host niches affects the virulence of these fungal cells through multifarious mechanisms (Brown et al., 2014). Finally, elucidating the effect of local nutrients and pH environment on drug resistance can potentially provide new and effective treatment strategies for C. glabrata infections such as vaginal candidiasis.
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