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Phenotypic switching (a.k.a. phenotypic dimorphism) is switching between two cell-types. An example is Candida albicans, which, when it infects host tissue, switches from the usual unicellular yeast-like form of into an invasive, multicellular filamentous form.[1] This switching between two cell-types is known as dimorphism.

Phenotypic switching in C.albicans include the switch from white cells to opaque cells in need for sexual mating.


  1. ^ Kumamoto CA, Vinces MD (2005). "Contributions of hyphae and hypha-co-regulated genes to Candida albicans virulence". Cell. Microbiol. 7 (11): 1546–54. doi:10.1111/j.1462-5822.2005.00616.x. PMID 16207242.  

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