Transcriptional control of cell type and morphogenesis in Candida albicans

Curr Opin Microbiol. 2000 Dec;3(6):582-8. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5274(00)00144-2.


Candida albicans has a number of transcriptional regulatory circuits that control aspects of cell type and cell morphogenesis. Recent work has uncovered a cryptic mating-type locus, and a variety of transcription factors that are important in regulation of the transition from yeast growth to hyphal growth. In some cases, the signalling pathways regulating these transcription factors are becoming defined. Analysis of phenotypic switching implicates internal factors, as well as external signals, in control of cellular morphogenesis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Candida albicans / cytology
  • Candida albicans / pathogenicity
  • Candida albicans / physiology*
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Phenotype
  • Signal Transduction
  • Transcription Factors / physiology
  • Transcription, Genetic*
  • Virulence


  • Fungal Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases