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Fungal Diagnostic Collection

The rapid and accurate diagnosis of the etiologic agent of infection is critical to the proper care and initiation of therapy for patients with fungal infection. To highlight the various aspects of fungal diagnostics, we have curated a collection of articles recently published in Medical Mycology about the variety of current methods and opportunities for the future.

These articles will be freely available to readers until August 31, 2016.

Nosocomial candidiasis: Antifungal stewardship and the importance of rapid diagnosis
Michael A. Pfaller and Mariana Castanheira

Antibody testing in aspergillosis—quo vadis?
Iain D. Page, Malcolm Richardson and David W. Denning

Potential role of Candida albicans germ tube antibody in the diagnosis of deep-seated candidemia
M. Carmen Martínez-Jiménez, Patricia Muñoz, Jesús Guinea, et. al

Diagnostic value of direct fluorescence antibody staining for detecting Pneumocystis jirovecii in expectorated sputum from patients with HIV infection
Pyoeng Gyun Choe, Yoo Min Kang, Gayeon Kim, et. al

Effects of host response and antifungal therapy on serum and BAL levels of galactomannan and (1→3)-β-D-glucan in experimental invasive pulmonary aspergillosis
Ruta Petraitiene, Vidmantas Petraitis, John D. Bacher, et. al

Serum and urine galactomannan testing for screening in patients with hematological malignancies
Wiebke Duettmann, Christoph Koidl, Katharina Troppan, et. al

Positive (1-3) B-d-Glucan and cross reactivity of fungal assays in coccidioidomycosis
Tirdad T. Zangeneh, Joshua Malo, Carmen Luraschi-Monjagatta, et. al

Evaluation of four pretreatment procedures for MALDI-TOF MS yeast identification in the routine clinical laboratory
Carole Cassagne, Anne-Laure Cella, Pierre Suchon, et. al

Rapid identification of 6328 isolates of pathogenic yeasts using MALDI-ToF MS and a simplified, rapid extraction procedure that is compatible with the Bruker Biotyper platform and database
Mark Fraser, Zoe Brown, Marian Houldsworth, et. al

Complexities associated with the molecular and proteomic identification of Paecilomyces species in the clinical mycology laboratory
Adam P. Barker, Jennifer L. Horan, E. Susan Slechta, et. al

MALDI-TOF MS-based identification of black yeasts of the genus Exophiala
Betil Özhak-Baysan, Dilara Öğünç, Aylin Döğen, et. al

Bloodstream infections by Malassezia and Candida species in critical care patients
Roberta Iatta, Claudia Cafarchia, Teresa Cuna, et. al

Enhanced fungal DNA-extraction from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue specimens by application of thermal energy
Volker Rickerts, Prasanna D. Khot, Daisy L. Ko and David N. Fredricks

Utility of adding Pneumocystis jirovecii DNA detection in nasopharyngeal aspirates in immunocompromised adult patients with febrile pneumonia
Nicolas Guigue, Alexandre Alanio, Jean Menotti, et. al

Prolyl endopeptidase activity in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid: a novel diagnostic biomarker in a guinea pig model of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis
Kalyani Jambunathan, Douglas S. Watson, Laura K. Najvar, et. al

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