In situ mycotoxin production by candida albicans in women with vaginitis

  • Shah D
  • Glover D
  • Larsen B
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The virulence attributes of Candida albicans in cases of mucocutaneous disease have not been identified. Based on the recent finding that C. albicans is able to produce an immunosuppressive mycotoxin, gliotoxin, we analyzed vaginal samples of 3 women severely symptomatic for vaginal candidiasis and found that they contained significant levels of gliotoxin. Three control women who were not colonized with C. albicans showed no gliotoxin in vaginal samples. These findings raise the possibility that gliotoxin may play a role in the virulence of C. albicans

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  • Candida albicans
  • Mycotoxin
  • Vaginitis
  • Virulence

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  • D. T. Shah

  • D. D. Glover

  • B. Larsen

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