High-affinity iron permease (FTR1) gene sequence-based molecular identification of clinically important Zygomycetes

I. Nyilasi, T. Papp, Á Csernetics, K. Krizsán, E. Nagy, C. Vágvölgyi

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The clinical importance of zygomycosis, an emerging and frequently fatal mycotic disease, has increased during recent years. This report describes an identification method based on PCR amplification and sequencing of the high-affinity iron permease. 1 gene (FTR1). Primers and amplification protocols were established and tested for the identification of Rhizopus oryzae, Rhizopus microsporus var. rhizopodiformis, R. microsporus var. oligosporus, Rhizopus schipperae, Rhizopus niveus and Rhizopus stolonifer. Rhizomucor and Syncephalastrum could be identified at the genus level. PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of the amplified gene fragment using Alu I digestion distinguished three subgroups among the R. oryzae isolates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-397
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008



  • Identification, iron permease 1 gene
  • Mucorales
  • PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis
  • Rhizopus
  • Zygomycosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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