Candida adherence is implicated in the pathogenesis of oral candidosis. Adhesion to buccal epithelial cells (BEC), germ tube (GT) formation, and relative cell surface hydrophobicity (CSH) are colonization attributes of candidal pathogenicity. Candida dubliniensis (C. dubliniensis) is allied with recurrent oral candidosis, which can be treated with nystatin, amphotericin B, ketoconazole, and fluconazole. Due to the diluent effect of saliva and the cleansing effect of the oral musculature in the oral cavity C. dubliniensis isolates undergo brief and sequential exposure to antifungal agents during therapy. Thus, in the present study, we evaluated the adhesion to BEC, GT formation, and the CSH of oral isolates of C. dubliniensis following brief and sequential exposure to nystatin, amphotericin B, ketoconazole, and fluconazole.Methods:
After determining the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the aforementioned drugs, 20 oral isolates of C. dubliniensis were briefly (1 h), and sequentially (10 days) exposed to subcidal concentrations of these drugs. Following drug removal, adhesion to BEC, GT formation, and CSH of these isolates were determined.Results:
The percentage reduction of adhesion to BEC, GT formation, and CSH of the isolates following exposure to antifungal agents were as follows: nystatin: 53.55%, 33.98%, and 29.83% (P < 0.001); amphotericin B: 53.84%, 36.23%, and 28.97% (P < 0.001); ketoconazole: 37.43%, 20.51%, and 16.49% (P < 0.001); and fluconazole: 8.93% (P < 0.001), 1.6%, and 0.63% (P > 0.05).Conclusions:
Brief and sequential exposure of C. dubliniensis to antifungal agents would continue to wield an antifungal effect by altering its adhesion attributes, and elucidate possible pharmacodynamics by which antifungal agents might operate in modulating candidal adherence.