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Med Mycol. 2001 Feb;39(1):69-74.

COS-l, a putative two-component histidine kinase of Candida albicans, is an in vivo virulence factor.

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University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, Denver 80262, USA. claude.selitrennikoff@uchsc.edu

Abstract

The human fungal pathogen, Candida albicans, has three putative histidine kinases showing homology to those of plants, bacteria and other fungi. We have constructed a homozygous deletion strain and a hemizygous reconstituted strain of one of these histidine-kinase-encoding genes, COS-1, in C. albicans. Neither strain showed any growth defect in a number of liquid media nor increased resistance or sensitivity to a number of antifungal drugs. Importantly, we show that the COS-1 homozygous disruption strain had significantly reduced virulence in a systemic murine model of candidosis. Thus, COS-1 appears to be an in vivo virulence factor and may represent a novel target for the development of antifungal drugs.

PMID:
11270409
DOI:
10.1080/mmy.39.1.69.74
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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