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F1000Res. 2019 May 21;8. pii: F1000 Faculty Rev-700. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.18546.1. eCollection 2019.

Recent advances in understanding Candida albicans hyphal growth.

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Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Inserm, Institute of Biology Valrose, Parc Valrose, Nice, France.

Abstract

Morphological changes are critical for the virulence of a range of plant and human fungal pathogens. Candida albicans is a major human fungal pathogen whose ability to switch between different morphological states is associated with its adaptability and pathogenicity. In particular, C. albicans can switch from an oval yeast form to a filamentous hyphal form, which is characteristic of filamentous fungi. What mechanisms underlie hyphal growth and how are they affected by environmental stimuli from the host or resident microbiota? These questions are the focus of intensive research, as understanding C. albicans hyphal growth has broad implications for cell biological and medical research.

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Spitzenkörper; cellular organization; host-interactions; membrane traffic; morphogenesis; secretion; signaling pathways

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