Researchers find new evidence that a fungus can be hard to find

phys.org | 12/9/2019 | Staff
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A team of experts have discovered that a common fungus that infects humans can not only predict an imminent attack from the immune system, it will even change its appearance to hide from it.

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New research from the University of Aberdeen, has found that Candida albicans, the fungus that can cause thrush, has evolved the ability to predict an attack by the immune system and so alters its surface markings to avoid detection.

Although harmless to most healthy individuals, Candida albicans can be deadly to patients with weakened immune systems and can lead to serious fungal diseases such as candidiasis which affects around 1,000 patients in the UK per year and can prove fatal in up to half of cases.

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This study, published in Nature Communications, is the first to show in detail how this fungus evades the immune response and could lead to new more effective ways to target fungal infections.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) funded research was conducted at University of Aberdeen's Fungal Group in the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology.

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