Fingerprinting Candida albicans

J Immunol Methods. 1986 Nov 6;93(2):177-82. doi: 10.1016/0022-1759(86)90186-9.


A new method of typing Candida albicans based on immunoblotting is described. Isolates were disrupted by a mixture of enzymic pretreatment with alpha-mannosidase followed by sonication. They were then stained using a modified ELISA system by a rabbit hyperimmune serum raised against a single isolate, C. albicans NCTC 3153. The 190 isolates examined from the London Hospital produced 16 different types. Type 1 accounted for 43% of the isolates and was the commonest type outside the intensive care unit. Type 2 caused an outbreak of systemic candidosis on the intensive care unit. The technique was much more sensitive than the serotyping and morphotyping methods and lacked the phenotypic variability of the biotyping procedure previously used to define the outbreak. The gel-to-gel variation precludes its use in large scale epidemiological work. Its value lies in identification of outbreaks so that they can be controlled by the introduction of measures to prevent cross-infection.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Candida albicans / classification*
  • Candida albicans / immunology
  • Candidiasis / prevention & control
  • Fungal Proteins / analysis
  • Humans
  • Immune Sera / immunology
  • Rabbits


  • Fungal Proteins
  • Immune Sera