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Standardization of Antifungal Susceptibility Variables for a Semiautomated Methodology

  • Juan L. Rodríguez-Tudela
  • Manuel Cuenca-Estrella
  • Teresa M. Díaz-Guerra
  • Emilia Mellado
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2001


Recently, the methodology that will serve as a basis of the standard for antifungal susceptibility testing of fermentative yeasts of the European Committee on Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing has been described. This procedure employs a spectrophotometric method for both inoculum adjustment and endpoint determination. However, the utilization of a spectrophotometer requires studies for standardization. The present work analyzes the following parameters: (i) accuracy of inoculum preparation, (ii) correlation between optical density and CFU per milliliter, (iii) influence of the wavelength on the endpoint determination, and (iv) influence of the dimethyl sulfoxide concentration on the growth kinetics. The main results can be summarized as follows: (i) inoculum preparation following the methodology recommended by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards is an exact procedure; (ii) the relationship between optical density and CFU per milliliter is linear (coefficient of determination, r2 = 0.84); (iii) MICs obtained by means of spectrophotometric readings at different wavelengths are identical (for amphotericin B, an intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.98 was obtained; for fluconazole, the intraclass correlation coefficient was 1); and (iv) a 2% concentration of dimethyl sulfoxide produces a significantly slower and lower growth curve of Candida spp. than other concentrations.

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