Candida Glabrata Displays Pseudohyphal Growth

FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2000 Aug 1;189(1):115-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2000.tb09216.x.


The ability to undergo morphological change has been reported as an advantageous trait in fungal pathogenesis. Here we demonstrate that Candida glabrata ATCC2001, like diploid Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains, forms elongated chains of pseudohyphal cells on solid nitrogen starvation media (SLAD). Constrictions were apparent between adjoining cells; no parallel-sided hyphae were seen and pseudohyphae invaded the agar. When SLAD was supplemented with ammonium sulfate both C. glabrata and diploid S. cerevisiae strains lost their ability to undergo pseudohyphal growth. However, on this media C. glabrata yeast cells invaded the agar in a similar fashion to the invasive growth mode exhibited by haploid strains of S. cerevisiae cultured on rich media such as YPD. C. glabrata was not capable of invading YPD demonstrating that the process of filamentation is distinct in these two fungi. To our knowledge this is the first report to demonstrate that C. glabrata can undergo morphological change and grow as an invasive filamentous organism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Candida / growth & development*
  • Candida / ultrastructure*
  • Candida albicans / growth & development
  • Culture Media
  • Humans
  • Nitrogen / metabolism
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / growth & development


  • Culture Media
  • Nitrogen