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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1996 Aug 15;142(1):117-22.

Expression of the fibrinogen binding mannoprotein and the laminin receptor of Candida albicans in vitro and in infected tissues.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock 79430, USA.

Abstract

We have previously reported a 37 kDa laminin-binding protein (p37) and a 58 kDa fibrinogen-binding mannoprotein (mp58) on the surface of Candida albicans. A few yeast cells expressed both functional receptors at the surface while germ tubes expressed a functional mp58 fibrinogen but not a functional p37 laminin receptor. These receptors were heterogeneously dispersed at the surface as shown by binding of rabbit antiserum to mp58 (PAb anti-mp58) and antiserum to the human high affinity laminin receptor. In this report we have used a dual fluorescence technique to determine if the two receptors colocalize, perhaps as part of a receptor complex. Fibrinogen was used as a probe for mp58 and polyclonal antiserum generated to the p37 (PAb anti-p37) was used as a probe for the 37 kDa laminin-binding protein. Both receptors were heterogeneously distributed, but the receptors were not colocalized as the areas of concentration of each receptor were different. Immunohistochemical analysis of tissue sections from patients with disseminated and superficial candidiasis with PAb anti-p37 and PAb anti-mp58 revealed that both receptors were also expressed in infected tissues. The patterns of morphological expression were similar to the in vitro patterns detected by immunofluorescence.

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