Comparison of the MUREX Candida albicans CA50 test with germ tube production for identification of C. albicans

Jo Ann P. Fenn, Helene Segal, Lisa Blevins, Shawn Fawson, Patty Newcomb-Gayman, Karen C. Carroll

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A total of 502 yeast isolates were tested with the 30-min MUREX Candida albicans CA50 (Norcross, GA) test for presumptive identification of C. albicans. The results were compared with the standard 2-h germ tube test, which was the reference standard. Of the 502 isolates, 316 were C. albicans and 186 were non-C, albicans. Identifications were based on germ tube reactions; the AP120C and chlamydospore agars were used when discrepant results persisted between the germ tube and MUREX test after repeat testing of the MUREX method. A total of 16 C. albicans gave negative results on initial testing with the MUREX test but were interpreted as positive when repeated. Three germ tube negative yeasts initially tested positive with the MUREX but were negative when repeated. Two additional yeast isolates gave incorrect results with the MUREX, even with repeat testing: C. albicans and C. lusitaniae. The initial sensitivity and specificity for the MUREX C. albicans CA50 test were 94.6% and 97.8%, respectively. As an addition to the study, two fetal bovine sera were compared for production of germ tubes: fetal bovine serum and Fetal Clone II. The testing found them to be in 100% agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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