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Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2010 Feb;54(2):940-2. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01214-09. Epub 2009 Nov 23.

Activity and toxicity of farnesol towards Candida albicans are dependent on growth conditions.

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  • 1School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1901 Vine St., Rm E146, Lincoln, NE 68588-0666, USA.


Farnesol interacts with Candida albicans as both a quorum-sensing molecule and toxic agent, but confusion abounds regarding which conditions promote these distinct responses. Farnesol sensitivity was measured when inoculum cell history and size, temperature, and growth media were altered. Parameters for farnesol tolerance/sensitivity were defined, validating previous studies and identifying new variables, such as energy availability. This study clearly defines what farnesol concentrations are lethal to C. albicans, based on environmental conditions.

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