Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 63, Issue 4, pp 517–523 | Cite as

First report of Candida bracarensis in Mexico: hydrolytic enzymes and antifungal susceptibility pattern

  • Rogelio de J. Treviño-Rangel
  • José F. Espinosa-Pérez
  • Hiram Villanueva-Lozano
  • Alexandra M. Montoya
  • Angel Andrade
  • Alexandro Bonifaz
  • Gloria M. GonzálezEmail author
Short Communication


Candida bracarensis is an emerging cryptic species within the Candida glabrata clade. To date, little is known about its epidemiology, virulence, and antifungal susceptibility. This study documents the occurrence of C. bracarensis for the first time in Mexico and focuses on its in vitro production of hydrolytic enzymes, as well as antifungal susceptibility to echinocandins. This strain was isolated from a vaginal swab of a female with vulvovaginal candidosis; exhibited a very strong activity of aspartyl proteinase, phospholipase, and hemolysin; and was susceptible to caspofungin, anidulafungin, and micafungin (MIC = 0.031 μg/mL). Data obtained could contribute to the knowledge of the epidemiology and virulence attributes of this yeast as a fungal opportunistic human pathogen.



We are grateful to Sergio Lozano-Rodríguez, M.D., for his review of the manuscript prior to submission.


This work was supported by internal resources of the Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, UANL.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rogelio de J. Treviño-Rangel
    • 1
  • José F. Espinosa-Pérez
    • 1
  • Hiram Villanueva-Lozano
    • 1
  • Alexandra M. Montoya
    • 1
  • Angel Andrade
    • 1
  • Alexandro Bonifaz
    • 2
  • Gloria M. González
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, School of MedicineUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo LeónMonterreyMexico
  2. 2.Dermatology Service and Mycology DepartmentHospital General de México “Dr. Eduardo Liceaga”Mexico CityMexico

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