Cell-surface hydrophobicities of six Candida species were studied by two methods: measurement of the contact angle, and partitioning with aqueous-hydrocarbon (n-octane, n-hexadecane and p-xylene) mixtures. C. tropicalis, C. glabrata and C. krusei adhered better to the hydrocarbons than did C. albicans, C. Stellatoidea and C. parapsilosis. Contact angles for the less adherent species were smaller than those for the more adherent species. Thus the two methods gave results that were similar overall and indicated that C. tropicalis, C. glabrata and C. krusei have greater cell-surface hydrophobicities than C. albicans, C. stellatoidea and C. parapsilosis.
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