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Sabouraudia. 1984;22(6):471-6.

An investigation of the role of true hypha production in the pathogenesis of experimental oral candidosis.


From 427 cases of human oral candidosis 2135 yeast clones were screened for the presence of germ tube-negative C. albicans and variants that formed only pseudohyphae in serum; one strain of each was found. The pathogenic potential of the serum-pseudohyphal and germ tube-negative C. albicans variants was investigated in the oral cavity of the rat; both variants failed to induce palatal candidosis, in contrast to a germ tube-positive C. albicans control strain. The pathogenic potential of C. albicans strains appears to be dependent on the formation of true germ tubes.

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