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Crit Rev Microbiol. 1985;12(3):223-70.

Antigenic variability of Candida albicans.


The concepts of modern biology lead us to think that all structures are liable to continual changes. Ultrastructural and biochemical methods have been able to objectify such a dynamic in Candida albicans, an opportunistic yeast. A broad analysis of antigens is a reliable way to study the antigenic variations which concern this organism. Numerous information on somatic and metabolic antigens of C. albicans is available at the moment. Paradoxically, if one accepts studies dealing with dimorphism, very few works have shown antigenic variability of this species or investigated the mechanisms involved in such a variability. The few approaches done in this way tend to prove that it may be possible to link together the expression of particular antigens and the behavior of the yeast, particularly when it acts as a pathogen.

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