Current Fungal Infection Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 267–274

Role of Genomics and RNA-seq in Studies of Fungal Virulence


DOI: 10.1007/s12281-012-0104-z

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Riccombeni, A. & Butler, G. Curr Fungal Infect Rep (2012) 6: 267. doi:10.1007/s12281-012-0104-z


Since its introduction in the last decade, massive parallel sequencing, or “next-generation sequencing”, has revolutionized our access to genomic information, providing accurate data with increasingly higher yields and lower costs with respect to first-generation technology. Massive parallel sequencing of cDNA, or RNA-seq, is progressively replacing array-based technology as the method of choice for transcriptomics. This review describes some of the most recent applications of next-generation sequencing technology to the study of pathogenic fungi, including Candida, Aspergillus and Cryptococcus species. Several integrated approaches illustrate the power and accuracy of RNA-seq for studying the biology of human fungal pathogens. In addition, the lack of consistency in data analysis is discussed.


AspergillusBioinformaticsCandidaChIP-seqCryptococcusDermatophytesGenomicsNext-generation sequencingRNA-seq

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Conway InstituteUniversity College DublinDublin 4Ireland