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Title: Intestinal candidiasis in a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta): An immunohistochemical study
Authors: Orós, J. 
Arencibia, A. 
Fernandez, L 
Jensen, H. E.
Keywords: Northern Australia
Systemic Mycoses
Marine Turtles
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: 1090-0233
Journal: Veterinary Journal 
Abstract: Post mortem examination of a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) stranded in the Canary Islands revealed a fishing-line in the small intestine. Histologically, severe necrotic enteritis, multiple haemorrhages, and marked oedema of the intestinal submucosa were observed. Yeast cells and fungal hyphae were seen in the lamina propria of the intestinal mucosa and in the connective tissue of the submucosa. Because fungal cultures were not taken at the time of necropsy, an immunohistochemical study was performed in order to identify the fungus involved. Specific monoclonal and heterologously absorbed polyclonal antibodies served as the primary reagents for identification of aspergillosis, candidiasis, fusariosis, geotricosis, scedosporiosis, and zygomycosis, using an indirect immunofluorescence staining technique. The fungal elements were strongly stained only by a polyclonal antibody against Candida albicans and a monoclonal antibody against C albicans. There are no known previous reports of Candida sp. causing skin disease or systemic mycotic infection in sea turtles. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 1090-0233
DOI: 10.1016/S1090-0233(03)00111-4
Source: Veterinary Journal[ISSN 1090-0233],v. 167, p. 202-207
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