Pathogenicity levels of Colombian strains of Candida auris and Brazilian strains of Candida haemulonii species complex in both murine and Galleria mellonella experimental models

Julian Esteban Munoz Henao, Laura Ramirez, Lucas Días, Laura Rivas, Livia Ramos, André L.S. Santos, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, Claudia M. Parra-Giraldo

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Candida auris and Candida haemulonii complex (C. haemulonii, C. haemulonii var. vulnera and C. duobushaemulonii) are phylogenetically related species that share some physiological features and habits. In the present study, we compared the virulence of these yeast species using two different experimental models: (i) Galleria mellonella larvae to evaluate the survival rate, fungal burden, histopathology and phagocytosis index and (ii) BALB/c mice to evaluate the survival. In addition, the fungal capacity to form biofilm over an inert surface was analyzed. Our results showed that in both experimental models, the animal survival rate was lower when infected with C. auris strains than the C. haemulonii species complex. The hemocytes of G. mellonella showed a significantly reduced ability to phagocytize the most virulent strains forming the C. haemulonii species complex. Interestingly, for C. auris, it was impossible to measure the phagocytosis index due to a general lysis of the hemocytes. Moreover, it was observed a greater capability of biofilm formation by C. auris compared to C. haemulonii species complex. In conclusion, we observed that C. auris and C. haemulonii complex have different levels of pathogenicity in the experimental models employed in the present study.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6:104
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Fungi
Issue number104
StatePublished - Jul 10 2020

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