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Activity of hydrolytic enzymes in fungi isolated from diabetic pregnant women: Is there any relationship between fungal alkaline and acid phosphatase activity and glycemic control?

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Nowakowska D, Kurnatowska A, Stray-Pedersen B, Wilczyński J. Activity of hydrolytic enzymes in fungi from diabetic pregnant women: Is there any relationship between fungal alkaline and acid phosphatase activity and glycemic control? APMIS 2004;112:374–83.

Ability to respond to environmental changes and secretion of hydrolases are considered to be important for Candida virulence. In this study we determined and compared the activities of 19 different hydrolases of the fungal strains isolated from diabetic and non-diabetic pregnant women. We also looked for the presence of a relationship between hydrolase activities and glycemic control, and, furthermore, evaluated the influence of gestational age on the activity of hydrolases. Mycological examinations were performed for 119 diabetic pregnant women: 47 with diabetes mellitus type I (DM), 72 with gestational diabetes (GDM), and for 132 healthy women (CON). Samples were collected from the vagina, rectum and oral cavity and cultured on Sabouraud media. The fungal hydrolase activities were evaluated using the API ZYM test (bioMerieux). For the 19 different fungal hydrolases tested, 13 activities were present in the isolated fungal strains. The activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) in vaginal strains (p=0.028) and acid phosphatase (ACP) in strains from the vagina (p=0.006) and rectum (p=0.049) was significantly lower in DM than in GDM and CON women. In conclusion, we describe for the first time that fungi isolated from pregnant diabetic women have lower activity of both phosphatases compared to fungi isolated from healthy women. Furthermore, similar differences of mean ALP and ACP activities were observed in the course of pregnancy in strains from the vagina and rectum of DM and CON women. However, strains from DM had lower activity at each stage of pregnancy. The highest activity of ALP and ACP was detected at the beginning, then declined, and had the lowest values between the 24th and 33rd week of gestation. After that period the activity of both phosphatases increased.

Keywords: Fungal infections; diabetes; hydrolytic enzymes

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Medical University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland, and 2: Department of Obstetrics and Gyneacology, Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway 3: Research Institute Polish Mother's Memorial Hospital, Department of Fetal-Maternal Medicine,

Publication date: 2004-06-01

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