Pneumocystis Molecular Phylogeny: A Way to Understand Both Pneumocystosis Natural History and Host Taxonomy
The genus Pneumocystis comprises numerous fungal pathogens dwelling in the lungs of a wide spectrum of mammalian species. Here, we show how new molecular methodologies, and in particular phylogenetics, have changed our views on the diversity and epidemiology of these fungal pathogens. Pneumocystis organisms have a marked host-species-related diversity, which is associated to close host specificity. High divergence among Pneumocystis species probably resulted from a prolonged process of coevolution with each mammal host and mostly associated with cospeciation like it was demonstrated in recent phylogenetic studies on primate-derived Pneumocystis. Therefore, Pneumocystis species or strains may be used as evolution markers, to reconstruct the phylogenetic history of mammal species, thus helping to elucidate controversial issues in mammalian taxonomy.
- Pneumocystis Molecular Phylogeny: A Way to Understand Both Pneumocystosis Natural History and Host Taxonomy
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- New Frontiers of Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
- pp 149-178
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- ID1. , CNRS, IRD, Université Montpellier 2, Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution
- ID2. , Veterinary School-INRA, BP 40706, Unit of Animal Health Management
- ID3. INRA, BASE, Ecology and Genetics of Para
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- 1. Biology and Diversity of Emergent Eukaryotic Pathogens (BDEEP) – Center for Infection and Immunity of Lille, Pasteur Institute of Lille, Inserm U1019, CNRS UMR 8204, University Lille-Nord-de-France, Lille, France
- 2. Department of Parasitology – Mycology, Faculty of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Lille-Nord-de-France, Lille, France
- 3. OSEB, UMR 5202 CNRS, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
- 4. Department of Parasitology – Mycology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lille-Nord-de-France, Biology-Pathology Centre, University Hospital Center, Lille, France
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