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J Prosthet Dent. 1996 Apr;75(4):426-31.

Denture stomatitis: quantification of interleukin-2 production by mononuclear blood cells cultured with Candida albicans.

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Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, University of Granada, Spain.


Denture stomatitis is usually associated with the presence of yeast, particularly Candida albicans, and several bacteria. In this study mononuclear blood cells were grown in the presence of Candida albicans from a single colony, and interleukin-2 production induced in T lymphocytes was measured. Blood cells were from a population of patients with denture stomatitis and a control group of denture wearers without stomatitis. Induction of interleukin-2 production was correlated with factors that condition denture stomatitis, namely, isolation of Candida albicans in selective medium, age of the denture, and diabetes. Concentrations of interleukin-2 in supernatant and serum were also compared. Significant differences in interleukin-2 production were found between patients with denture stomatitis and controls. Statistical analysis demonstrated a significant association between isolation of Candida albicans and elevated interleukin-2 production in cultures from patients with and without denture stomatitis.

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