Coagglutination reactions between Candida albicans and oral bacteria

J Med Microbiol. 1986 Sep;22(2):165-9. doi: 10.1099/00222615-22-2-165.


An agglutination assay for detecting intermicrobial adherence between the cells of Candida albicans and various oral bacteria is described. Strains of Streptococcus sanguis, S. salivarius, S. mutans, S. mitis, Fusobacterium nucleatum and Actinomyces viscosus all coagglutinated with C. albicans. No interaction could be demonstrated between the cells of Bacteroides melaninogenicus and those of C. albicans. Preliminary investigations of these interactions suggest that binding of F. nucleatum and A. viscosus to C. albicans is mediated by bacterial proteins, possibly lectins. Other mechanisms must account for the binding of oral streptococci to C. albicans. The possible implications of these findings in relation to oral mucosal colonisation and oral candidal clearance are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Actinomyces / physiology
  • Agglutination
  • Bacterial Physiological Phenomena*
  • Bacteroides / physiology
  • Candida albicans / physiology*
  • Escherichia coli / physiology
  • Fusobacterium / physiology
  • Hot Temperature
  • Mouth / microbiology
  • Periodic Acid / pharmacology
  • Staphylococcus aureus / physiology
  • Streptococcus / physiology
  • Trypsin / pharmacology


  • Periodic Acid
  • metaperiodate
  • Trypsin