Candida and Candidiasis-Opportunism Versus Pathogenicity: A Review of the Virulence Traits.

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Candida and Candidiasis-Opportunism Versus Pathogenicity: A Review of the Virulence Traits.

Microorganisms. 2020 Jun 06;8(6):

Authors: Ciurea CN, Kosovski IB, Mare AD, Toma F, Pintea-Simon IA, Man A

Abstract
One of the most important questions in microbiology nowadays, is how apparently harmless, commensal yeasts like Candida spp. can cause a rising number of infections. The occurrence of the disease requires firstly the attachment to the host cells, followed by the invasion of the tissue. The adaptability translates into a rapid ability to respond to stress factors, to take up nutrients or to multiply under different conditions. By forming complex intracellular networks such as biofilms, Candida spp. become not only more refractive to antifungal therapies but also more prone to cause disease. The inter-microbial interactions can enhance the virulence of a strain. In vivo, the fungal cells face a multitude of challenges and, as a result, they develop complex strategies serving one ultimate goal: survival. This review presents the virulence factors of the most important Candida spp., contributing to a better understanding of the onset of candidiasis and raising awareness of the highly complex interspecies interactions that can change the outcome of the disease.

PMID: 32517179 [PubMed]