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Adherence of Candida albicans: Influencing Factors and Mechanism(s)

  • M. A. Ghannoum
  • K. Abu-Elteen

Abstract

Interest in the study of adherence of microorganisms to various surfaces has increased tremendously in recent years. This is understandable, as the elucidation of this process throws light on the mechanism of pathogenesis and may lead to a means of controlling infections before their onset. Evidence that adherence may be the initial step in candidosis and its involvement in the colonization process of C. albicans came from work carried out by King et al. [49] and Liljemark and Gibbons [57], respectively. In this chapter we will review (1) methods used to measure adhesion of C. albicans; (2) factors affecting the adhesion process; (3) surface characteristics and adherence; (4) mechanisms of adhesion; and (5) in vivo adherence and its implication to candidosis. Due to space limitation, we have resorted in a number of occasions to referring the reader to key references.

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Fibril Lactose Cavitation Lactobacillus Glycoside 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Ghannoum
    • 1
  • K. Abu-Elteen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany and MicrobiologyKuwait UniversitySafatState of Kuwait

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