Effect of hair growth cycles on experimental cutaneous candidiasis in mice

J Invest Dermatol. 1986 May;86(5):556-9. doi: 10.1111/1523-1747.ep12355026.


Experimental cutaneous Candida albicans infections were produced in mice by inoculating the organisms onto areas of shaved flank skin where the hair follicles were in either the anagen (growing) or telogen (resting) phase of the growth cycle. Infection with Candida occurred in a majority of animals inoculated on either anagen or telogen skin, and the rate of clearance of the organisms was equivalent for infections on the 2 types of skin. Some of the animals inoculated on anagen skin developed foci of Candida infection in the well-developed hair follicles, below the skin surface. Deep foci of infection were not found after inoculation of the telogen areas. The infections resulted in increases in epidermal thickness and sensitization of the animals to Candida antigens, but these responses were not different between animals inoculated on the 2 types of skin. The results of these experiments indicate that although Candida albicans can infect skin containing either active or resting hair follicles, foci of infection below the skin surface occur only when well-developed hair follicles are present. These findings may have relevance to the consequences of human cutaneous candidiasis.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Candidiasis, Cutaneous / etiology
  • Candidiasis, Cutaneous / pathology*
  • Cell Cycle*
  • Cell Division
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Epidermis / pathology
  • Female
  • Hair / growth & development*
  • Hair / pathology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Skin / pathology