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Serotyping of Candida albicans isolated from clinical specimens

Abstract

A specific antiserum to Candida albicans serotype A was prepared adsorbing a total antiserum with Candida albicans serotype B cells. This specific antiserum was used for serotyping C. albicans strains obtained from patients in different hospitals of Havana City, Cuba. Two hundred strains (95.2%) were serotype A, the remaining 10 (4.8%) were serotype B. Results were also correlated with strains isolated from the specimen origin, sex and race of the patient. The usefulness of this specific antiserum to determine C. albicans serotypes and its therapeutic value are pointed out.

Candida albicans; candidiasis; serotypes


ABSTRACT

Serotyping of Candida albicans isolated from clinical specimens

Maria L. Martinez Batista1

Gerardo Martinez Machin1

Carlos Fernandez Andreu1

Alina Llop Hernandez1

Instituto de Medicina Tropical Pedro Kourí, Laboratório de Micología, Habana, Cuba

A specific antiserum to Candida albicans serotype A was prepared adsorbing a total antiserum with Candida albicans serotype B cells. This specific antiserum was used for serotyping C. albicans strains obtained from patients in different hospitals of Havana City, Cuba. Two hundred strains (95.2%) were serotype A, the remaining 10 (4.8%) were serotype B. Results were also correlated with strains isolated from the specimen origin, sex and race of the patient. The usefulness of this specific antiserum to determine C. albicans serotypes and its therapeutic value are pointed out.

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Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    24 June 2009
  • Date of issue
    Mar 1990
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