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Saeid Mahdavi Omran, Maryam Rezaei Dastjerdi, Maryam Zuashkiani, Vahid Moqarabzadeh, Mojtaba Taghizadeh-Armaki, "In Vitro Antifungal Susceptibility of Candida Species Isolated from Iranian Patients with Denture Stomatitis", BioMed Research International, vol. 2018, Article ID 3086586, 6 pages, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3086586
In Vitro Antifungal Susceptibility of Candida Species Isolated from Iranian Patients with Denture Stomatitis
Background. Candida-associated denture stomatitis (CADS) is a common fungal infection in people who wear dentures. The main objective of this study was to make molecular identification of causative agents of CADS and in vitro antifungal susceptibility testing (AFST) in the Iranian patients with denture stomatitis. Methods. A total of 134 Candida spp. were obtained from patients with denture stomatitis. The Candida spp. were identified using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) involving the universal internal transcribed spacer (ITS1 and ITS4) primers, which were subjected to digestion with MspI and BlnI restriction enzymes. The in vitro antifungal susceptibility of Candida spp. to fluconazole (FLC), terbinafine (TRB), itraconazole (ITC), voriconazole (VRC), posaconazole (POS), ketoconazole (KET), amphotericin B (AMB), and caspofungin (CAS) was evaluated using the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute M27-A3 and M27-S4 guidelines. Results. Overall, C. albicans was the most commonly isolated species (; 62.6%), followed by C. glabrata (; 17.2%), C. tropicalis (; 12%), and C. parapsilosis (; 8.2%). Posaconazole had the lowest geometric mean minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) (0.03 μg/ml), followed by AMB (0.05 μg/ml), ITC (0.08 μg/ml), VRC (0.11 μg/ml), CAS (0.12 μg/ml), KET (0.15 μg/ml), and FLC (0.26 μg/ml). Discussion. Our study showed that C. albicans was most prevalent in Iranian patients with CADS and was susceptible to both azoles and amphotericin B. In addition, POS could be an appropriate alternative to the current antifungal agents used for the treatment of CADS, as well as in the treatment of recurrent candidiasis.
Candida-associated denture stomatitis (CADS) is a chronic atrophic complication of the oral cavity that mainly affects people who wear removable dentures . Several evidence-based studies have shown that Candida albicans is the main etiological agent of denture stomatitis (DS), followed by C. tropicalis, C. parapsilosis, and C. glabrata [2–4]. The early diagnosis of pathogenic fungal agents and the determination of their susceptibility to antifungal drugs are critical to the treatment of the infection and to establish preventive healthcare-associated strategies [5, 6].
A molecular-based method, such as polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP), is a promising technique that is used in the identification of pathogenic Candida spp. .
The management of CADS depends on a wide-ranging treatment strategy , which includes detecting and eradicating possible significant risk factors, preventing a systemic Candida infection, and reducing any associated discomfort [11, 12]. The use of oral formulations of antimicrobial agents, such as amphotericin B (AMB), nystatin (NYS), and miconazole (MIC), and systemic drugs, such as fluconazole (FLC), voriconazole (VRC), posaconazole (POS), itraconazole (ITC), and ketoconazole (KET), has been shown to be effective in the treatment of CADS [13–16]. Echinocandins, such as caspofungin (CAS), are a class of antifungal drugs that appear to be highly effective against all Candida spp., including those that are less sensitive or are resistant to FLC and/or ITC . However, previous studies have described the recurrence and clinical relapse of CADS after treatment [1, 17, 18]. Having sufficient information about the antifungal susceptibility testing (AFST) of the Candida spp. involved in CADS may help in the selection of alternative antifungal treatments for recurrent oral candidiasis. In the current study, we evaluated the in vitro AFST of a collection of molecularly identified Candida spp. isolated from Iranian patients with DS.
2. Materials and Methods
2.1. Sample Collection Process
After an examination of the oral cavity, denture samples were obtained by scraping sterile swabs across the inner surface of the denture. In a period of 3 years (2013 to 2016), a total of 134 clinical isolates were collected from 103 patients aged 53–86 years affected with DS. All samples were streaked on the Sabouraud dextrose agar (Merck, Darmstadt, Germany) and incubated at 35°C for 7 days. All suspected colonies were detected by CHROMagar Candida (CHROMagar, Paris, France) and PCR-RFLP methods. Each isolate was preserved in the tryptic soy broth (TSB) (Merck, Darmstadt, Germany) and then stored in the culture collection of the Department of Medical Mycology, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
2.2. Genomic DNA Extraction and PCR-RFLP
The total genomic DNA from the yeast was removed using the method described by Yamada et al., which involved cell disruption with glass beads followed by extraction with phenol–chloroform and precipitation with ethanol .
Oligonucleotide primer sequences including ITS1 (5′-TCCGTAGGTGAACCTGCGG-3′) and ITS4 (5′-TCCTCCGCTTATTGATATGC-3′) were used in this study . Amplification was performed on a thermal cycler (C1000; Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.). The amplified products were electrophoresed on 1.5% agarose gels containing 0.5 mg/ml of ethidium bromide and then analyzed under UV light using a gel-doc system (Bio-Rad, USA). The breakdown of the amplified products involved the restriction enzymes BlnI and/or MspI (Table 1). The digests of the PCR fragments were electrophoresed on 1.5% agarose gels. In this study, C. albicans ATCC 10231 and C. dubliniensis CBS 2747 were used as quality control strains.
2.3. Antifungal Susceptibility Testing
The following antifungal agents were evaluated: AMB (Bristol-Myers Squib, Woerden, Netherlands), FLC, ITC, VRC, KET, and TRB (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA), POS (Schering-Plough Corp., Oss, Netherlands), and CAS (Pfizer, Capelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands). In vitro AFST was performed according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) M27-A3 and M27-S4 guidelines [21, 22]. Each antifungal agent was prepared separately. The final concentration of FLC ranged from 0.063 to 64 μg/ml. The final concentrations of AMB, ITC, VRC, POS, and KET ranged from 0.016 to 16 μg/ml, while the final concentrations of CAS and TRB were 0.008–8 μg/ml and 0.12–128 μg/ml, respectively. The drugs were diluted in RPMI-1640 Medium (Sigma-Aldrich, Darmstadt, Germany) and buffered to pH 7.0 with 0.165 M N-morpholinepropanesulfonic acid (MOPS) (Sigma-Aldrich, USA) and L-glutamine without bicarbonate to yield twofold their final concentrations. The primary Candida spp. were cultured on potato dextrose agar (PDA; Difco, Leeuwarden, Netherlands) and incubated for 3 days at 35°C. Once mature colonies were observed, a conidial inoculum was made using a sterile saline solution. A spectrophotometer at 530 nm was used to adjust the inoculum to a range of 2.5–5 × 106 CFU/ml. The drug containing 96-well plastic microplates was inoculated with this suspension and incubated at 35°C for 24–48 h. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) for FLC, VRC, CAS, ITC, and POS were determined according to the CLSI M27-A3 and M27-S4 guidelines [21, 22]. Isolates that responded to ≤1 μg/ml MIC for AMB were recognized as susceptible isolates according to the CLSI M27-S3 guideline . The breakpoint was not determined for TRB; however, several studies have reported resistance breakpoints ≥ 8 μg/ml [24, 25]. The breakpoint values for KET were not defined by the CLSI and, thus, the resistant breakpoint of ≥4 μg/ml which was determined by Mulu et al. (2013) was used . Isolates from C. krusei (ATCC 6258) and C. parapsilosis (ATCC 22019) were used as quality control strains.
2.4. Data and Statistical Analysis
The geometric mean (GM), MIC50, and MIC90 for the antifungal agents against Candida spp. were calculated using EXCEL (Microsoft Office Excel 2003 SP3, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA).
C. albicans was the predominant species (; 62.6%), followed by C. glabrata (; 17.2%), C. tropicalis (; 12%), and C. parapsilosis (; 8.2%). Table 2 summarizes the GM of the MICs, the MIC ranges, MIC50, and MIC90 for the antifungal drugs against all Candida isolates. The GM of MICs for drugs across all strains was, in increasing order, 0.03 μg/ml (POS), 0.05 μg/ml (AMB), 0.08 μg/ml (ITC), 0.11 μg/ml (VRC), 0.12 μg/ml (CAS), 0.15 μg/ml (KET), 0.26 μg/ml (FLC), and 65.00 μg/mL (TRB). All C. albicans isolates (100%) were found to be susceptible to AMB, VRC, POS, KET, and ITC; however, 13 isolates (15.5%) were resistant to FLC. All C. parapsilosis isolates (100%) were susceptible to FLC, while only 4 isolates (17.4%) of C. glabrata and 2 isolates (12.5%) of C. tropicalis were resistant to FLC. The resistance rates for VRC of C. tropicalis, C. parapsilosis, and C. glabrata were 18.7% (3/16), 8.6% (2/23), and 9.1% (1/11), respectively. The ITC MICs for 6 isolates (37.5%) of C. tropicalis and 4 isolates (36.4%) of C. parapsilosis were ≥1 μg/ml. The resistance rates for AMB in C. tropicalis and C. parapsilosis were 12.5% (2/16) and 45.5% (5/11), respectively. Out of 134 isolates, 1 isolate of C. tropicalis (≥4 μg/ml) was resistant to KET. The resistance rates for CAS in C. glabrata, C. tropicalis, and C. albicans were 56.5% (13/23), 9.1% (1/11), and 2.3% (2/84), respectively. Overall, all Candida spp. had the highest in vitro antifungal susceptibility to ITC, POS, and CAS. However, Candida spp. showed a lack of susceptibility to TRB.
FLC, fluconazole; ITC, itraconazole; VRC, voriconazole; AMB, amphotericin B; CAS, caspofungin; TRB, terbinafine; POS, posaconazole; KET, ketoconazole; GM, geometric mean; MIC, minimum inhibition concentration; MIC50 and MIC90, concentration at which 50% and 90% of the strains were inhibited, respectively.
Dentures in the oral cavity are considered to be a reservoir of Candida spp. and, thus, are a predisposing factor for DS in patients, as well as a potential origin of reinfection . CADS is an infection initiated by the oral colonization of Candida spp.; the most frequently identified species is C. albicans, although C. glabrata, C. guilliermondii, C. parapsilosis, C. krusei, and C. tropicalis are less commonly seen [28, 29]. In agreement with other studies, our research found that C. albicans, C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, and C. glabrata caused CADS [30–32]. The recommended drug of choice to treat CADS in patients without an underlying disease commonly includes a NYS suspension or a clotrimazole tablet. However, a topical application of an azole, such as FLC or ITC, can also be used to prevent persistent or chronic fungal infections in the patients [33, 34].
Several studies reported the emergence of antifungal resistance to azoles, which has been associated with multiple episodes of recurrence [16, 35–37]. In the current study, 15.5% of C. albicans (13/84) was observed to be resistant to FLC. In contrast with our data, Abaci and Haliki-Uztan (2011) reported that 59.4% of C. albicans were resistant to FLC .
AMB, also used in the management of CADS, proved effective against Candida spp. . Besides, the findings obtained in the present study were in agreement with the results by Wingeter et al. (2007)  regarding the susceptibility of oral Candida strains to AMB.
AMB-resistant non-albicans isolates were reported from several previous studies [24, 39]. We also found that 12.5% (2/16) of C. tropicalis and 45.5% (5/11) of C. parapsilosis isolates showed resistance patterns to AMB. The good in vitro activities of POS and VRC have been previously reported against Candida spp. obtained from oral candidiasis patients [40–43].
As shown in Table 2, POS was the most effective drug in vitro with GM MICs of 0.01 μg/ml, 0.19 μg/ml, 0.05 μg/ml, and 0.05 μg/ml for C. albicans, C. glabrata, C. tropicalis, and C. parapsilosis, respectively. Marcos-Arias et al. (2012) previously showed that the GM MICs for POS were 0.036 μg/ml for C. parapsilosis, 0.062 μg/ml for C. albicans, 0.085 μg/ml for C. tropicalis, and 0.498 μg/ml for C. glabrata . Several other studies also demonstrated that POS and VRC were strong antifungal agents against Candida spp. [40–44].
In our study, all non-albicans Candida isolates were susceptible to POS, although only 88% these isolates were susceptible to VRC. In line with the Marcos-Arias et al. (2012), VRC was effective against 95.5% of strains . In addition, the GM MICs for ITC were 0.04 μg/ml for C. albicans, 0.26 μg/ml for C. glabrata, 0.27 μg/ml for C. tropicalis, and 0.46 μg/ml for C. parapsilosis. Other studies have shown that ITC is useful for treating patients with DS [27, 45, 46].
Dorocka-Bobkowska and Konopka (2007) reported that AMB, FLC, and ITC were effective against 100%, 88.7%, and 87.3% of C. albicans and 79.6%, 71.4%, and 79.6% of other Candida strains, respectively . In the present study, AMB, FLC, and ITC were effective against 100%, 84.5%, and 100% of C. albicans and 86%, 88%, and 80% of non-albicans Candida isolates, respectively. Caspofungin is known as an echinocandin fungicidal antifungal agent against most Candida spp. .
Some data are available on the AFST of Candida spp. isolated from denture-associated stomatitis (DAS) to echinocandins [15, 47]. In the present study, only 2 isolates (2.3%) of the 84 isolates of C. albicans were resistant to CAS. We also found that 14 isolates (28%) of the non-albicans Candida strains were resistant to CAS.
In the present study, TRB was not found to be effective against Candida spp. Ryder et al. (1998) also reported that TRB was not an active drug against C. glabrata and C. tropicalis .
Our results revealed that the tested antifungal showed good activity for most isolates; however, variability observed among some isolates and resistance to drugs highlight the need for AFST as a monitor to management of therapeutic procedure.
In conclusion, all Candida spp. isolated from patients wearing dentures were susceptible to POS and AMB. As an antifungal, POS could be a suitable alternative to the present antifungal agents used for the management of CADS and could be also used in the treatment of recurrent candidiasis.
The data used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors of this paper reported no conflicts of interest.
Dr. Saeid Mahdavi Omran (supervisor) conceived and designed the experiments. Dr. Mojtaba Taghizadeh Armaki performed the experiments. Vahid Moqarabzadeh analyzed the data. DD. Maryam Zuashkiani and Maryam Rezaie Dastjerdi conducted the sampling procedure. All authors helped to write the paper.
This work was supported by the Infection Diseases Research Center (IDRC), Babol University of Medical Sciences (BUMS), Babol, Iran (Contract no. IRCT2013042713136N1).
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