Thermophilic fungi in the mycoflora of man and environmental air

Walter T. Hughes, Jefferson W. Crosier

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The objective of this study was to determine if thermophilic fungi exist in the mycoflora of man and in the aeroflora of his environment. Humicola lanuginosa and Humicola grisea were isolated from 5 of 55 samples of outside air. Three thousand cultures were taken from the nasal mucosae, skin surfaces and recta of 570 children. Cultures were incubated at 50°C. Thermophilic fungi were isolated from 6 of 287 children receiving immunosuppressive therapy for malignancies and from 1 of 283 normal children. H. lanuginosa was recovered from the skin of one, the rectum of one and the nasal mucosae of three patients. Mucor pusillus was isolated from the nasopharynges of two patients. Further studies are now indicated to determine the pathogenicity of these organisms with respect to tissue invasive disease, antigenicity and metabolite toxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalMycopathologia et Mycologia Applicata
Volume49
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1973
Externally publishedYes

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thermophilic fungi
Thermomyces lanuginosus
nasal mucosa
Fungi
Nasal Mucosa
Air
rectum
Rectum
skin (animal)
air
Rhizomucor pusillus
Humicola
Mucor
nasopharynx
immunosuppressive agents
Skin
Nasopharynx
Immunosuppressive Agents
Virulence
pathogenicity

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)

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Thermophilic fungi in the mycoflora of man and environmental air. / Hughes, Walter T.; Crosier, Jefferson W.

In: Mycopathologia et Mycologia Applicata, Vol. 49, No. 2-3, 03.1973, p. 147-152.

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Hughes, Walter T. ; Crosier, Jefferson W. / Thermophilic fungi in the mycoflora of man and environmental air. In: Mycopathologia et Mycologia Applicata. 1973 ; Vol. 49, No. 2-3. pp. 147-152.
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