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J Clin Microbiol. 1994 Aug; 32(8): 1992–1996.
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Evaluation of a novel colorimetric broth microdilution method for antifungal susceptibility testing of yeast isolates.


A comparative evaluation of two broth microdilution methods for antifungal susceptibility testing of 600 clinical yeast isolates (Candida spp., Torulopsis glabrata, and Cryptococcus neoformans) against amphotericin B, fluconazole, and flucytosine (5FC) was conducted. Microdilution testing was performed according to National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) recommendations (NCCLS document M27-P). By using the growth control for comparison, reference microdilution MIC endpoints for amphotericin B were scored as the lowest concentration at which a score of 0 (complete absence of growth) was observed, and those for 5FC and fluconazole were scored at the lowest concentration at which a score of 2 (prominent decrease in turbidity) (MIC-2) was observed. The second microdilution method employed a colorimetric endpoint using an oxidation-reduction indicator (Alamar Biosciences, Inc., Sacramento, Calif.) and was assessed independently of the reference microdilution MICs. The MICs for the two microdilution test systems were read after 24 and 48 h of incubation. Excellent agreement between the reference and colorimetric microdilution MICs was observed. Overall agreement was > or = 95% for all three drugs at 24 h. At 48 h, agreement was > or = 98% for amphotericin B and 5FC but dropped to 84% for fluconazole. Given these results it appears that the colorimetric microdilution approach to antifungal susceptibility testing may be viable alternative to the NCCLS reference method for testing yeasts.

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