The ALS gene family of Candida albicans

Trends Microbiol. 2001 Apr;9(4):176-80. doi: 10.1016/s0966-842x(01)01984-9.


The ALS gene family of Candida albicans encodes large cell-surface glycoproteins that are implicated in the process of adhesion to host surfaces. ALS genes are also found in other Candida species that are isolated from cases of clinical disease. Genes in the ALS family are differentially regulated by physiologically relevant mechanisms. ALS genes exhibit several levels of variability including strain- and allele-specific size differences for the same gene, strain-specific differences in gene regulation, the absence of particular ALS genes in certain isolates, and additional ALS coding regions in others. The differential regulation and genetic variability of the ALS genes results in a diverse cell-surface Als protein profile that is also affected by growth conditions. The ALS genes are one example of a gene family associated with pathogenicity mechanisms in C. albicans and other Candida species.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Candida albicans / genetics*
  • Candida albicans / metabolism
  • Candida albicans / pathogenicity*
  • Candidiasis / microbiology
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics*
  • Fungal Proteins / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal
  • Genes, Fungal*
  • Humans
  • Multigene Family


  • Fungal Proteins