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J Int Med Res. 2002 May-Jun;30(3):322-4.

Esterase activity in various Candida species.

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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey.


The aim of the present study is to ascertain esterase activities of various species of Candida. A total of 125 strains isolated and identified by conventional methods were tested for esterase activity using the Tween 80 opacity test. Our results showed that 58 of 59 strains of Candida albicans, all of the Candida tropicalis strains (n = 38) and all of the Candida guilliermondii strains (n = 3) produced positive results, whereas the remaining Candida species did not. The Tween 80 opacity test is a useful method because it is simple, economical and easy to prepare and interpret.

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