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New Approaches in the Diagnosis of Medically Relevant Mycoses: Fungal Identification by Molecular Techniques

Gioconda San-Blas and Gustavo Niño-Vega
from: Pathogenic Fungi: Insights in Molecular Biology (Edited by: Gioconda San-Blas and Richard A. Calderone). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2008)


Molecular diagnostic methods are currently being used for the early detection of many viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections. Due to their high specificity and sensitivity, these methods will be inserted in the routine of the clinical laboratories to complement information provided by more conventional methods and above all, to help in the diagnosis of dubious cases. The design of specific probes, coupled to the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technique provides the required specificity and sensitivity to identify fungal species in a short time. Multicopy genes such as those of ribosomal origin are preferred by many researchers to achieve well defined results. However, because they may generate false positive results, other researchers have looked at single-copy genes of high specificity. Examples of both are presented in this review, applied to the identification of frequently found causative agents of systemic mycoses such as Candida albicans, Aspergillus fumigatus and other species within these genera, or agents of less frequent mycoses produced by Coccidioides immitis, Cryptococcus neoformans, Histoplasma capsulatum, Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, among others read more ...
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