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Sexual forms of yeasts in clinical samples

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The sexual or teleomorphic state of yeasts has only been described in a few clinically involved species, mainly those of the Saccharomycetaceae family. With the aim of gathering information on their incidence in human pathology, a study has been made of a total of 2,135 strains isolated from clinical samples and cultivated in McClary agar. From these, 8 strains in teleomorphic state were identified: Kluyveromyces marxianus [1], Pichia anomala [2], Pichia farinosa [1], Pichia membranaefaciens [1] and Saccharomyces cerevisiae [3]. The two strains of P. anomala were responsible for fungemia; K. marxianus and the two strains of S. cerevisiae produced vaginitis; the other strains were oral cavity colonizers.

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García-Martos, P., Mira, J., Galán, F. et al. Sexual forms of yeasts in clinical samples. Mycopathologia 136, 67–70 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00437497

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  • Yeasts
  • Ascospores
  • Kluyveromyces
  • Pichia
  • Saccharomyces