Factors governing adherence of Candida species to plastic surfaces.

  title={Factors governing adherence of Candida species to plastic surfaces.},
  author={Stephen A. Klotz and David J. Drutz and James E. Zajic},
  journal={Infection and immunity},
  volume={50 1},
The ability of Candida albicans and Candida spp. to adhere to inert polymeric surfaces may allow these organisms direct ingress into the human host. Biophysical characterization of this adherence shows that the forces responsible for such adherence are attractive London-van der Waals forces (or hydrophobic forces) and electrostatic forces. The hydrophobic affinity of yeasts was determined by (i) a water-hydrocarbon two-phase assay and by (ii) measurement of the contact angle (theta) of a liquid… CONTINUE READING