The diploid genome sequence of Candida albicans

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 May 11;101(19):7329-34. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0401648101. Epub 2004 May 3.


We present the diploid genome sequence of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Because C. albicans has no known haploid or homozygous form, sequencing was performed as a whole-genome shotgun of the heterozygous diploid genome in strain SC5314, a clinical isolate that is the parent of strains widely used for molecular analysis. We developed computational methods to assemble a diploid genome sequence in good agreement with available physical mapping data. We provide a whole-genome description of heterozygosity in the organism. Comparative genomic analyses provide important clues about the evolution of the species and its mechanisms of pathogenesis.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Candida albicans / genetics*
  • Diploidy*
  • Genome, Fungal*
  • Heterozygote