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Serum cholesterol promotes the growth of Candida glabrata in the presence of fluconazole.
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PMID:  23233084     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The pathogenic fungus Candida glabrata is thought to utilize extracellular sterols during infection, but there have been few reports on the sterol uptake mechanisms of this fungus. The addition of serum promoted the growth of C. glabrata cells in the presence of the sterol inhibitor fluconazole, probably as the result of incorporation of cholesterol from serum. We demonstrated that lipoprotein-deficient serum, in which most of the cholesterol was eliminated, could not rescue the growth of fluconazole-treated C. glabrata cells, but it successfully promoted the expression of the sterol transporter gene AUS1. After supplementation of free cholesterol to lipoprotein-deficient serum, the serum was again competent to promote the growth of fluconazole-treated C. glabrata. The serum-mediated growth rescue from fluconazole inhibition was observed in the nonpathogenic yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae when it was followed by the activation of anaerobic sterol uptake. These results suggested that serum cholesterol was incorporated into yeast cells to compensate for sterol depletion when sterol uptake was activated. The uptake of serum cholesterol could support the growth of C. glabrata cells during bloodstream infections.
Minoru Nagi; Koichi Tanabe; Hironobu Nakayama; Satoshi Yamagoe; Takashi Umeyama; Takahiro Oura; Hideaki Ohno; Susumu Kajiwara; Yoshitsugu Miyazaki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of infection and chemotherapy : official journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1437-7780     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Infect. Chemother.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9608375     Medline TA:  J Infect Chemother     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Chemotherapy and Mycoses, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, 1-23-1 Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-8640, Japan.
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