She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not: On the Dualistic Asexual/Sexual Nature of Dermatophyte Fungi.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Dermatophytes are ascomycetous fungi whose sexuality is greatly influenced by their ecology. Sexual reproduction is ubiquitous among soil-related geophiles and some animal-associated zoophiles. In contrast, anthropophiles are generally present as a single mating type in the population and appear to reproduce asexually. In this article, the current knowledge on the sexuality of dermatophytes including reproduction modes, mating conditions, mating type distributions and the mating type (MAT) locus is presented in the context of revised taxonomy and discussed from an evolutionary perspective.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Metin, B; Heitman, J

Published Date

  • February 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 185 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 87 - 101

PubMed ID

  • 31578669

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7050418

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-0832

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11046-019-00390-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands