Uncommon yeastlike zoopathogens and commercial systems for their identification

Geoffrey Land, Ira F. Salkin

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Opportunistic infections caused by yeasts or yeastlike fungi have increased in incidence in recent years as a result of clinical and therapeutic factors. Several formerly uncommon yeastlike zoopathogens - Candida lusitaniae, Candida paratropicalis (sucrose-negative variant of Candida tropicalis), Trichosporon beigelii, Blastoschizomyces capitatus, and Rhodotorula species - have been isolated from patients with invasive infections. The increased isolation of such opportunistic pathogens from a variety of clinical specimens has created a demand for simple, rapid, reliable, and accurate commercial systems to assist laboratorians in identification. Here we summarize the manual and automated systems currently available and present detailed descriptions of three representative commercial products, i.e., API 20C, Abbott Quantum II, and API Yeast-Ident.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-171
Number of pages17
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1987


  • commercial yeast identification systems
  • opportunistic yeastlike pathogens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Plant Science


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