Effects of gastrointestinal candidiasis, antibiotics, dietary arabinitol, and cortisone acetate on levels of the Candida metabolite D-arabinitol in rat serum and urine

B. Wong, K. L. Brauer, J. R. Clemens, S. Beggs

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We studied the effects of gastrointestinal (GI) colonization by Candida albicans, dietary arabinitol, intragastric antibiotics, and cortisone on levels of the Candida metabolite D-arabinitol in rat serum and urine. Rats given conventional laboratory chow, intragastric gentamicin and chloramphenicol, and 6.0 x 108 live C. albicans B311 blastoconidia by gavage had minimal invasive GI disease and no more DL-arabinitol in the urine than controls given killed C. albicans. However, colonized and uncolonized rats given intragastric antibiotics had transiently higher urine arabinitol levels than the corresponding controls given saline. Rats given conventional laboratory chow (which contained 50 μg of arabinitol per g) had higher serum and urine arabinitol levels than rats given no dietary arabinitol, but the differences were less than expected. Moreover, intragastric antibiotics did not cause increased arabinitol excretion in rats given no dietary arabinitol. Rats given intragastric antibiotics and live C. albicans but no dietary arabinitol had no more arabinitol in their serum or urine than controls given antibiotics and killed C. albicans or saline and live or killed C. albicans. Lastly, cortisone acetate (10 mg/kg of body weight per day intramuscularly for 10 days) did not cause increased serum or urine arabinitol levels. We conclude that neither GI colonization by C. albicans nor cortisone should interfere with the usefulness of arabinitol as a marker for invasive candidiasis; antibiotics appear to increase arabinitol excretion by suppressing GI bacteria capable of consuming dietary arabinitol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-288
Number of pages6
JournalInfection and Immunity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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