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Introduction to Fungi

by Vincent Racaniello, PhD
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    The lecture Introduction to Fungi by Vincent Racaniello, PhD is from the course Fungi. It contains the following chapters:

    • Eukaryotic Microbes - Fungi
    • Fungal Dimorphism
    • Fungal Infections
    • Sources of Fungal Infections
    • Antifungal Agents
    • Eukaryotic Microbes - Fungi: Learning Outcomes

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    1. Fungi are all strict anaerobes.
    2. There are two major types of fungi- filamentous and yeasts.
    3. Fungi CANNOT make their own precursors.
    4. Fungi can secrete enzymes that can digest cellulose from plants.
    5. Fungi are heterotrophs.
    1. In an environment lacking oxygen.
    2. In the grout between bathtub tiles.
    3. In a vat of fresh beer bring brewed.
    4. On a rotting tree trunk.
    5. On a piece of fruit abandoned in a school locker.
    1. ...they can grow with one of two forms.
    2. ...they can only reproduce asexually.
    3. ...they can only grow inside a place that is dark.
    4. ...they die once producing offspring.
    5. ...they are made of only two key materials.
    1. An infection that specifically targets previously healthy patients rather than the immunocompromised: Irregular mycoses
    2. An infection that involves the skin or the underlying tissue that can get into the lymphatic system and spread throughout : Subcutaneous mycoses
    3. Infections limited to the surface of the skin and the skin structures : Superficial / Cutaneous mycoses
    4. Infections caused by geographically restricted fungi, that is, they only occur in certain places in the world : Endemic mycoses
    5. Infections specifically in immunosuppressed patients : Opportunistic mycoses
    1. Nystatin inhibits DNA and protein synthesis.
    2. The polyenes and allylamines bind a component of the cell membrane called ergosterol, which disrupts the membrane.
    3. Nystatin is a commonly used topical antifungal that is used to treat many different types of surface infections.
    4. The echinocandins inhibit cell wall synthesis.
    5. The azoles are used to block the synthesis of ergosterol.
    1. Ketoconazole
    2. Itraconazole
    3. Fluconazole
    4. Voriconazole
    5. Caspofungin

    Author of lecture Introduction to Fungi

     Vincent Racaniello, PhD

    Vincent Racaniello, PhD


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