Acta Biologica Hungarica

, Volume 68, Issue 2, pp 220–231 | Cite as

Linalool-Induced Oxidative Stress Processes in the Human Pathogen Candida Albicans

  • Gábor MátéEmail author
  • Dominika Kovács
  • Zoltán Gazdag
  • Miklós Pesti
  • Árpád Szántó


The present study investigated the linalool (Lol)-induced effects in acute toxicity tests in the human pathogen Candida albicans (C. albicans). Lol treatments induced reduced germ tube formation of the pathogen, which plays a crucial role in the virulence. In comparison with the untreated control, the exposure of 107 cells ml–1 to 0.7 mM or 1.4 mM Lol for one hour induced 20% and 30% decrements, respectively, in the colony-forming ability. At the same time, these treatments caused dose-dependent decrease in the levels of superoxide anion radical and total reactive oxygen species, while there was 1.5 and 1.8- fold increases in the concentrations of peroxides and lipid peroxides, respectively, indicating oxidative stress induction in the presence of Lol. Lol treatments resulted in different adaptive modifications of the antioxidant system. In 0.7 mM-treated cells, decreased specific activities of superoxide dismutase and catalase were detected, while exposure to 1.4 mM Lol resulted in the up-regulation of catalase, glutathione reductase and glutathione peroxidases.


Antioxidant enzyme Candida albicans linalool reactive oxygen species oxidative stress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gábor Máté
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dominika Kovács
    • 1
  • Zoltán Gazdag
    • 1
  • Miklós Pesti
    • 1
  • Árpád Szántó
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General and Environmental Microbiology, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of PécsPécsHungary
  2. 2.Department of Urology, Medical SchoolUniversity of PécsPécsHungary

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