Prevalent mutator genotype identified in fungal pathogen Candida glabrata promotes multi-drug resistance.

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The fungal pathogen Candida glabrata has emerged as a major health threat since it readily acquires resistance to multiple drug classes, including triazoles and/or echinocandins. Thus far, cellular mechanisms promoting the emergence of resistance to multiple drug classes have not been described in this organism. Here we demonstrate that a mutator phenotype caused by a mismatch repair defect is prevalent in C. glabrata clinical isolates. Strains carrying alterations in mismatch repair gene MSH2 exhibit a higher propensity to breakthrough antifungal treatment in vitro and in mouse models of colonization, and are recovered at a high rate (55% of all C. glabrata recovered) from patients. This genetic mechanism promotes the acquisition of resistance to multiple antifungals, at least partially explaining the elevated rates of triazole and multi-drug resistance associated with C. glabrata. We anticipate that identifying MSH2 defects in infecting strains may influence the management of patients on antifungal drug therapy.

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Cited Authors

  • Healey, KR; Zhao, Y; Perez, WB; Lockhart, SR; Sobel, JD; Farmakiotis, D; Kontoyiannis, DP; Sanglard, D; Taj-Aldeen, SJ; Alexander, BD; Jimenez-Ortigosa, C; Shor, E; Perlin, DS

Published Date

  • March 29, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 /

Start / End Page

  • 11128 -

PubMed ID

  • 27020939

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5603725

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2041-1723

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/ncomms11128


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England