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Candida albicans antigens studied in complement fixation test and agar gel diffusion test

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The antigens prepared simultaneously from seven type ACandida albicans strains by cell disintegration by means of sonic vibrations, grinding with the sea-sand, autolysis and the antigens precipitated with acetone from fluid cultures were studied in complement fixation test and agar gel diffusion test against selected rabbit immune sera. The complement fixation test was performed in plexiglass plates as chessboard titration. The agar gel diffusion test was performed in petri dishes according toOuchterlony and according toBjörklund's “specific inhibition of precipitation”. The activity of studied antigens determined in complement fixation test was high. The antigen titers were ranging from 1/512 to 1/8192. The reaction observed in agar gel diffusion test were also strong and precipitation spectra consisted of 1–3 lines. The reaction pattern obtained in both tests depended on the character of the analysed reagents. TheBjörklund's modification was successfully applied to serological grouping of the strains under study. Sixteen human sera collected from patients with symptoms of Asthma bronchiale and Bronchitis chronica, from whose sputumCandida albicans was isolated, were tested in both tests. The researches made on human sera were intended as preliminary tests.

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Laskownicka, Z., Porxxxbska, A. & Zemburowa, K. Candida albicans antigens studied in complement fixation test and agar gel diffusion test. Mycopathologia et Mycologia Applicata 37, 357–368 (1969). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02129883

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Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Titration
  • Candida
  • Candida Albicans
  • Bronchitis