Molecular epidemiology and azole resistance mechanism study of Candida guilliermondii from a Chinese surveillance system

Jing Wei Cheng, Kang Liao, Timothy Kudinha, Shu Ying Yu, Meng Xiao, He Wang, Fanrong Kong, Ying Chun Xu

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We studied the molecular epidemiology and mechanism of azole resistance of 164 C. guilliermondii isolates from a nationwide multi-center surveillance program. The isolates were identified by ITS gene sequencing, and the in vitro susceptibility to fluconazole and voriconazole was determined by broth microdilution method. The 14-α-demethylase gene ERG11 was amplified and sequenced, and microsatellite analysis was performed to study the genetic relatedness of the isolates. Amongst the 164 C. guilliermondii isolates, 15 (9.1%) and 17 (10.4%) isolates were assigned to be non-wild type (non-WT) to fluconazole and voriconazole, respectively. Sixteen sequence types (STs) were detected by comparing the amino acid sequence polymorphisms of the ERG11 gene. Fifteen isolates of STs 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, were all assigned to be non-WT to fluconazole and voriconazole. By microsatellite analysis, 40 different genotypes were identified. Thirty-seven isolates from one hospital (Z1) shared the same ERG11 sequence type (ST 2), microsatellite genotype (PU40) and drug resistance pattern. In conclusion, this is the first molecular epidemiology study of C. guilliermondii in China. The rate of non-WT isolates to azoles was high and the accurate contribution of ERG11 gene mutations to azole resistance need be confirmed by further studies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number907
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Early online dateApr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2017


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