MALDI-TOF typing highlights geographical and fluconazole resistance clusters in Candida glabrata

Cyrine Dhieb, Anne-Cécile Normand, Mohammed H.Y. Al-Yasiri, Emna Chaker, Dalenda El Euch, Katleen Vranckx, Marijke Hendrickx, Najla Sadfi, Renaud Piarroux, Stéphane Ranque


Utilizing Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectra for Candida glabrata typing would be a cost-effective and easy-to-use alternative to classical DNA-based typing methods. This study aimed to use MALDI-TOF for the typing of C. glabrata clinical isolates from various geographical origins and test its capacity to differentiate between fluconazole-sensitive and -resistant strains. Both Microsatellite Length polymorphism (MLP) and MALDI-TOF mass spectra of 58 C. glabrata isolates originating from Marseilles (France) and Tunis (Tunisia) as well as collection strains from diverse geographic origins were analyzed. The same analysis was conducted on a subset of C. glabrata isolates that were either susceptible (MIC ≤ 8 mg/L) or resistant (MIC ≥ 64 mg/L) to fluconazole. According to the seminal results, both MALDI-TOF and MLP classifications could highlight C. glabrata population structures associated with either geographical dispersal barriers (p<10-5) or the selection of antifungal drug resistance traits (p<10-5). In conclusion, MALDI-TOF geographical clustering was congruent with MPL genotyping and highlighted a significant population genetic structure according to fluconazole susceptibility in C. glabrata. Furthermore, although MALDI-TOF and MLP resulted in distinct classifications, MALDI-TOF also classified the isolates with respect to their fluconazole susceptibility profile. Further prospective studies are required to evaluate the capacity of MALDI-TOF typing to investigate C. glabrata infection outbreaks and predict the antifungal susceptibility profile of clinical laboratory isolates.


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19th Congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
    • ISHAM 19th (2015)