Fungal Dimorphism

With Emphasis on Fungi Pathogenic for Humans

  • Paul J. Szaniszlo
  • James L. Harris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction and General Morphology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Fungi with Yeast Tissue Morphologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Judith E. Domer
      Pages 51-67
    3. G. S. Kobayashi, G. Medoff, B. Maresca, M. Sacco, B. V. Kumar
      Pages 69-91
    4. Felipe San-Blas, Gioconda San-Blas
      Pages 93-120
    5. Luiz R. Travassos
      Pages 121-163
  4. Fungi with Yeast and Hyphal Tissue Morphologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. David R. Soll
      Pages 167-195
    3. James L. Harris
      Pages 197-204
    4. Philip A. Geis, Charles W. Jacobs
      Pages 205-233
  5. Fungi with Isotropically Enlarged Tissue Morphologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Milan Hejtmánek
      Pages 237-261
  6. Dimorphic Mucors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Clark B. Inderlied, Julius Peters, Ronald L. Cihlar
      Pages 337-359
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 385-395

About this book


The tendency of fungi pathogenic for humans to have shapes in tissue distinct from their usual saprophytic morphologies has fascinated the pathologist and medical mycologist for almost a century. A primary rea­ son for this fascination is the possibility that fungal duality of form, or dimorphism, may be an important virulence factor that allows the zoo­ pathogenic fungus to survive host defenses. A second reason relates to the desire to gain basic insights into the regulation of cellular develop­ ment and morphogenesis among the etiological agents of human mycoses. Many excellent treatises have appeared within the recent past dealing with fungal dimorphism. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that it may be beyond the capability of one or a few authors to review this subject adequately. Instead, the ever-increasing volume ofliterature asso­ ciated with fungal dimorphism and the diversity offungi now recognized to exhibit a type of dimorphism suggest that a volume comprised of con­ tributions by numerous researchers may be more appropriate. This per­ ception provided me with the motivation to compile a multiauthor volume.


antigen cell fungi gene genetics infection molecular biology morphogenesis parasite regulation research tissue yeast

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul J. Szaniszlo
    • 1
  • James L. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Texas Department of HealthUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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