Department of Parasitology and Mycology, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Allergy Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Alborzi Clinical Microbiology Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
Department of Medical Mycology, School of Medicine, Health Research Institute, Infectious and Tropical Diseases Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
Department of Parasitology and Mycology, Research Center for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Faculty of Engineering, Sabzevar University of New Technologies, Sabzevar, Iran
Cancer Molecular Pathology Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Background and Purpose
Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) is a common problem in women. The purpose of this study was to identify of Candida species isolated from vulvovaginitis woman suffering vulvovaginitis refered to Ghaem Hospital, Mashhad, Iran, by use of MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.
Materials and Methods
The 65 clinical samples isolated from Vulvovaginitis women were collected in Ghaem Hospital. All specimens were identified using phenotypic techniques such as microscopy and culture on Sabouraud dextrose agar and corn meal agar medium,Then, All isolates were detected and were processed for MALDI TOF MS identification.
Of the 65 isolates analyzed, 61 (93.8%) were recognised by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and for four isolates (6.1%) only not relabile identifications were achieved. In this study, the most frequently isolated species were Candida albicans (58.5%), followed by Candida tropicalis (16.9%), Candida glabrata (7.7%), Candida parapsilosis (7.7%) and Candida guillermondii (3.1%).
presented results demonstrate that the MALDI TOF mass spectrometry is a fast and reliable technique, and has the potential to replace conventional phenotypic identification of Candida species and other yeast strains routinely isolated in clinical microbiology laboratories.