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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

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MELO, Nadja Rodrigues de et al. Candida dubliniensis in a Brazilian family with an HIV 1- infected child: identification, antifungal susceptibility, drug accumulation and sterol composition. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2006, vol.37, n.3, pp.237-243. ISSN 1678-4405.

This study investigated the prevalence of C. dubliniensis in a Brazilian family with an HIV - infected child. A total of 42 oral isolates were obtained from eight family members. The identification of C. dubliniensis was performed by polymerase chain reactions (PCR) using primers against a specific sequence of the C. dubliniensis cytochrome b gene. Only the HIV-infected child and his grandmother were colonized by C. dubliniensis. In this study C. dubliniensis isolated from the HIV-infected child exhibited high susceptibility for azoles tested with MICs of 0.125 and 0.5 µg/mL for voriconazole and fluconazole, respectively. Accumulation of [3H] fluconazole in C. dubliniensis isolated from the HIV-infected child was slightly reduced in comparison to the reference susceptible strain. C. dubliniensis isolates had significantly lower ergosterol levels in comparison to C. albicans reference strains.

Keywords : Candida dubliniensis; antifungal agents; sterol composition.

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