Genome Diversity and Dynamics in Candida albicans



The fungal pathogen Candida albicans shows significant diversity at the genetic and phenotypic levels. In this Chapter, we review our current knowledge of the C. albicans diploid genome and its variability, the genetic structure of the C. albicans population and the mechanisms that are involved in C. albicans genome dynamics, with a focus on the parasexual cycle and loss-of-heterozygosity events. We further explore the impact of genetic diversity and genome dynamics on C. albicans phenotypic diversity. Finally, we discuss how our current knowledge of C. albicans genetic diversity could be leveraged in the future in order to get insights in the mechanisms underlying important biological attributes that are subject to variations across C. albicans isolates.


Ergosterol Biosynthesis Azole Resistance Oropharyngeal Candidiasis Strain SC5314 Genome Dynamic 
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Research in the Fungal Biology and Pathogenicty Unit on the topic of genetic diversity and genome dynamics in C. albicans has been funded by Institut Pasteur and Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique. AF is the recipient of a PhD fellowship from INRA and Institut Pasteur. RLK was the recipient of a PhD fellowship from INRA and Institut Pasteur. JR is the recipient of Roux post-doctoral fellowship from Institut Pasteur. ES is the recipient of a PhD fellowship from the DIM-MalInf from Région Ile-de-France. We acknowledge support from the French Government’s Investissement d’Avenir program (Laboratoire d’Excellence Integrative Biology of Emerging Infectious Diseases, ANR-10-LABX-62-IBEID).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unité Biologie et Pathogénicité FongiquesInstitut Pasteur, INRAParisFrance
  2. 2.Unité de Parasitologie-MycologieService de Microbiologie Clinique, Hôpital Necker-Enfants-Malades, Assistance Publique Des Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP)ParisFrance
  3. 3.Cellule PasteurUniv. Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris CitéParisFrance
  4. 4.Institut Pasteur, Centre d’Informatique pour la BiologieParisFrance

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