β-Glucosidase in Candida albicans and its application in yeast identification

I. Polacheck, M. Melamed, H. Bercovier, I. F. Salkin

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Abstract

In this report we attempt to explain the discrepancy between β-glucosidase (EC 3.2.1.21) activity in Candida albicans as measured by commercial kits and that found in an experimental assay. β-Glucosidase activity in American and Israeli isolates of C. albicans was evaluated with the API ZYM and YeastIdent systems (Analytab Products) and with experimental biochemical assays. Activity was found with whole cells and cell extracts of isolates from both sources. The greatest β-glucosidase activity was found at pH 5.0 and with p-nitrophenyl-β-glucopyranoside (PNP-BDG) as the substrate. In assays with β-naphthyl-β-D-glucopyranoside and 6-bromo-2-naphthyl-β-D-glucopyranoside (6-Br-2-naphthyl-BDG), no enzyme activity was detected in whole cells and only limited activity was found in cell extracts of isolates from both sources. In studies with PNP-BDG at pH 5.0 and 7.5, 29 to 38% less activity was found at both pHs with American whole cells, and minor activity (20%) was found at pH 7.5 with isolates from both sources. Because assays with PNP-BDG in cell extracts of isolates from both sources showed no significant differences in activity, the more limited β-glucosidase activity in American whole cells was most likely due to less efficient transport. Because the API ZYM system uses 6-Br-2-naphthyl-BDG as the substrate and because the substrate is buffered at pH 7.5 in the API YeastIdent kit, both systems appear to be of limited value for the detection of β-glucosidase activity in C. albicans.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)907-910
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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