Investigation of Some Virulence Factors in Trichosporon spp. Strains

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Demir F., Kustimur S.

MIKROBIYOLOJI BULTENI, cilt.48, ss.628-638, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 48 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5578/mb.7950
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.628-638


The frequency of fungal infections have increased recently in parallel to prolonged survival of patients with chronical infections, common use of the broad-spectrum antibiotics and cytotoxic drugs and surgical interventions. Fungi such as Trichosporon, Fusarium and Geotrichum that were previously evaluated as contaminant/colonization, become important causes of morbidity and mortality especially in neutropenic patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of virulence factors such as acid proteinase, phospholipase, esterase, coagulase and hemolytic activity among Trichosporon species. A total of 40 Trichosporon strains, of them 24 (60%) were T.asahii, 6 (15%) were T.inkin and 10 (25%) were the other species (one of each of T.aquatile, T.asteroides, T.coremiiforme, T.cutaneum, T.dermatis, T.faecale, T.japonicum, T.montevideense, T.mucoides, T.ovoides) were included in the study. Identification of the isolates was performed according to microscopic morphology (blastospores, arthrospores, pseudohyphae and true hyphae) on corn meal agar media, and carbohydrate assimilation patterns (API ID32C; bioMerieux, France). Secretory acid proteinase, phospholipase and esterase activities of the strains were evaluated by 1% bovine serum albumin containing agar, by egg yolk containing solid medium, and by Tween 80 containing solid medium, respectively. Hemolytic activity of the isolates were evaluated by 5-10% sheep blood Sabouraud dextrose agar. Coagulase enzyme activity was determined by using human and rabbit plasma. In our study, all of the 40 Trichosporon spp. strains were found negative in terms of acid proteinase and phospholipase enzyme activity, however all were positive for esterase enzyme activity. Hemolytic enzyme activity were identified in a total of 15 (37.5%) strains, being "+++" in three strains (2 T.asahii, 1 T.japonicum), and "++" in 12 isolates (9 T.asahii, 1 T.inkin, 1 T.asteroides, 1 T.mentevideense). Although 11 of those 15 positive strains were T.asahii, there was no statistical difference between the species in terms of hemolytic enzyme activity (p > 0.05). Coagulase enzyme activity was detected in 5% (2/40; 1 T.asahii, 1 T.inkin) of the strains with human plasma and in 27.5% (11/40; 9 T.asahii, 1 T.inkin, 1 T.montevideense) with rabbit plasma. In conclusion, our data indicated that esterase, coagulase and hemolytic activities detected in Trichosporon spp. might play role in the pathogenesis of Trichosporon infections, however, further large-scaled clinical and mycological studies are needed to prove this relation.