Cell-surface hydrophobicity of Candida species as determined by the contact-angle and hydrocarbon-adherence methods

Shougo Minagi, Y. Miyake, Y. Fujioka, H. Tsuru, H. Suginaka

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1111-1115
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of General Microbiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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  • Microbiology

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