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Infect Immun. 2004 Jan;72(1):598-601.

Relationship between Candida albicans virulence during experimental hematogenously disseminated infection and endothelial cell damage in vitro.

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St. Johns Cardiovascular Research Center, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Research and Education Institute, Torrance, California 90502, USA.

Abstract

Candida albicans must penetrate the endothelial cell lining of the vasculature to invade the deep tissues during a hematogenously disseminated infection. We compared 27 C. albicans mutants with their wild-type parent for their capacity to damage endothelial cells in vitro and cause a lethal infection in mice following tail vein inoculation. Of 10 mutants with significantly impaired capacity to damage endothelial cells, all had attenuated virulence. Therefore, the endothelial cell damage assay can be used as a screen to identify some virulence factors relevant to hematogenously disseminated candidiasis.

PMID:
14688143
PMCID:
PMC344013
DOI:
10.1128/iai.72.1.598-601.2004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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