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Med Mycol. 1998 Dec;36(6):365-72.

Molecular typing of Malassezia species with PFGE and RAPD.

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Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Yeast Division, Delft, The Netherlands.


The currently recognized seven species of Malassezia all have different karyotypes which do not vary intraspecifically, except in M. furfur which displayed two different karyotypes. In contrast, random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) typing showed the presence of genetic variation in all species. It is concluded that karyotype analysis is useful for species identification, and RAPD typing can be used in epidemiological investigations.

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