From commensal to pathogen: Candida albicans

Amy Whittington, Neil A.R. Gow, Bernhard Hube

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The attributes that allow Candida albicans to be a successful human commensal overlap with its ability to cause opportunistic disease. The ways in which C. albicans successfully transitions from a commensal to a pathogen involve many aspects of its growth and interaction with the host, including the host recognition of and response to the various cell types that characterise this fungal species. We discuss the factors that are important for commensal growth, stress responses, the role of the cell wall in immune recognition, attachment to and interactions with epithelial cells, and interactions with immune cells as key aspects of the commensal-pathogenic life style of this fungus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Fungal Pathogens
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783642394324
ISBN (Print)9783642394317
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Publication series

NameThe Mycota

Bibliographical note

NG and AW were supported by the Wellcome Trust (080088, 086827, 075470 & 097377) and the European Union ALLFUN (FP7/2007 2013, HEALTH-2010-260338). BH is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF: ERA Net PathoGenoMics CandiCol 0315901B), the Center for Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC – BMBF 01EO1002), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Hu 528/15, 16 and 17), the Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), and the International Leibniz Research School for Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions (ILRS).


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