Journal article

Multilocus mutation scanning for the analysis of genetic variation within Malassezia (Basidiomycota : Malasseziales)

Claudia Cafarchia, Domenico Otranto, Bronwyn E Campbell, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Jacques Guillot, Robin B Gasser

ELECTROPHORESIS | WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH | Published : 2007

Abstract

Members of the genus Malassezia are budding yeasts, characterized by a thick cell wall. Recently, these yeasts have received attention as emerging pathogens. They are common commensals on the skin of animals and can become pathogenic under the influence of various predisposing factors. Central to studying their taxonomy, systematics, and ecology and to diagnosis is the accurate identification of species or operational taxonomic units. To overcome the limitations of current phenotypic and biochemical methods of identification, a PCR-coupled SSCP approach, utilizing sequence variation (0.4-33.5%) in short regions (approximately 250-270 bp) of the first internal transcribed spacer (ITS-1) of nu..

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