The C. albicans URA3 gene was tested as a reporter of gene expression. An integrating vector was constructed which contained ADE2 as a selectable marker together with a truncated form of URA3 lacking the first three codons. A DNA fragment containing the promoter and the first 90 codons of the C. albicans CEF3 gene was inserted into the unique XhoI site 5' to URA3 in order to provide an in-frame translational fusion. The functionality of the fusion gene was tested following integration of a single copy of the plasmid into the ADE2 locus. The fusion gene was shown to complement a ura3 deletion mutation and to produce orotidine 5'-monophosphate decarboxylase activity (OMP), which is encoded by URA3. Expression of the fusion gene was appropriately regulated by the growth rate and utilized the same transcriptional start sites as the native CEF3 gene. The results demonstrated that URA3 provides a sensitive and versatile reporter gene for use in C. albicans.