Glycosaminoglycans inhibit Candida albicans adherence to extracellular matrix proteins

Stephen A. Klotz, Robert L. Smith

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The ability of Candida albicans to adhere to subendothelial extracellular matrix (ECM) may be important in the pathogenesis of disseminated candidiasis. ECM proteins, such as fibronectin, laminin, and types I and IV collagen bind C. albicans avidly. These proteins all posses heparin-binding domains. The influence of the glycosaminoglycans (GAGS) including heparin, heparan sulfate and dextran sulfate on C. albicans adherence to subendothelial ECM and ECM proteins was studies. It was demonstrated that the GAGS inhibited C. albicans adherence to ECM and ECM proteins. This possibly occurred by the GAGS binding to the ECM proteins and, in so doing, masking a preferred ligand for C. albicans adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-208
Number of pages4
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992


  • Candida albicans
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Fibronectin
  • Glycosaminoglycan
  • Heparin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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