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Distribution of Malassezia species in pityriasis versicolor and seborrhoeic dermatitis in Greece. Typing of the major pityriasis versicolor isolate M. globosa.
Br J Dermatol. 2006 May; 154(5):854-9.BJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The expansion of the genus Malassezia has generated interest in the epidemiological investigation of the distribution of new species in a range of dermatoses, on which variable results have been reported from different geographical regions. No data are thus far available from South-east Europe (Greece).

OBJECTIVES

To study the distribution of Malassezia species in pityriasis versicolor (PV) and seborrhoeic dermatitis (SD) and to investigate whether polymorphisms in the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) 1 region facilitate detection of M. globosa and M. sympodialis subtypes.

METHODS

In total, 109 patients with PV and SD and positive Malassezia cultures were included in the study. Age, gender, primary/recurrent episode, disease extent and clinical form of PV were recorded. ITS 1 polymorphisms of M. globosa and M. sympodialis type and clinical strains were investigated by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-single-strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) analysis.

RESULTS

Malassezia globosa was the prevalent species isolated from PV and SD either alone (77% and 39%, respectively) or in combination (13% and 18%, respectively) with other Malassezia species. The pigmented form of PV was strongly correlated with the female gender. PCR-SSCP differentiated five subgroups of M. globosa with one being associated with extensive clinical disease. All M. sympodialis isolates displayed a homogeneous ITS 1 PCR-SSCP profile.

CONCLUSIONS

Malassezia species isolation rates were in agreement with those reported from South-west Europe. PCR-SSCP of the ITS 1 is useful for highlighting prospective clinical implications of M. globosa subtypes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Mycology Laboratory, Microbiology Department, Medical School, University of Athens, and 3rd Dermatology Department, A. Sygros Hospital, Athens, Greece. ggaitanis@med.uoa.grNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16634886

Citation

Gaitanis, G, et al. "Distribution of Malassezia Species in Pityriasis Versicolor and Seborrhoeic Dermatitis in Greece. Typing of the Major Pityriasis Versicolor Isolate M. Globosa." The British Journal of Dermatology, vol. 154, no. 5, 2006, pp. 854-9.
Gaitanis G, Velegraki A, Alexopoulos EC, et al. Distribution of Malassezia species in pityriasis versicolor and seborrhoeic dermatitis in Greece. Typing of the major pityriasis versicolor isolate M. globosa. Br J Dermatol. 2006;154(5):854-9.
Gaitanis, G., Velegraki, A., Alexopoulos, E. C., Chasapi, V., Tsigonia, A., & Katsambas, A. (2006). Distribution of Malassezia species in pityriasis versicolor and seborrhoeic dermatitis in Greece. Typing of the major pityriasis versicolor isolate M. globosa. The British Journal of Dermatology, 154(5), 854-9.
Gaitanis G, et al. Distribution of Malassezia Species in Pityriasis Versicolor and Seborrhoeic Dermatitis in Greece. Typing of the Major Pityriasis Versicolor Isolate M. Globosa. Br J Dermatol. 2006;154(5):854-9. PubMed PMID: 16634886.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Distribution of Malassezia species in pityriasis versicolor and seborrhoeic dermatitis in Greece. Typing of the major pityriasis versicolor isolate M. globosa. AU - Gaitanis,G, AU - Velegraki,A, AU - Alexopoulos,E C, AU - Chasapi,V, AU - Tsigonia,A, AU - Katsambas,A, PY - 2006/4/26/pubmed PY - 2006/9/1/medline PY - 2006/4/26/entrez SP - 854 EP - 9 JF - The British journal of dermatology JO - Br J Dermatol VL - 154 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: The expansion of the genus Malassezia has generated interest in the epidemiological investigation of the distribution of new species in a range of dermatoses, on which variable results have been reported from different geographical regions. No data are thus far available from South-east Europe (Greece). OBJECTIVES: To study the distribution of Malassezia species in pityriasis versicolor (PV) and seborrhoeic dermatitis (SD) and to investigate whether polymorphisms in the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) 1 region facilitate detection of M. globosa and M. sympodialis subtypes. METHODS: In total, 109 patients with PV and SD and positive Malassezia cultures were included in the study. Age, gender, primary/recurrent episode, disease extent and clinical form of PV were recorded. ITS 1 polymorphisms of M. globosa and M. sympodialis type and clinical strains were investigated by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-single-strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) analysis. RESULTS: Malassezia globosa was the prevalent species isolated from PV and SD either alone (77% and 39%, respectively) or in combination (13% and 18%, respectively) with other Malassezia species. The pigmented form of PV was strongly correlated with the female gender. PCR-SSCP differentiated five subgroups of M. globosa with one being associated with extensive clinical disease. All M. sympodialis isolates displayed a homogeneous ITS 1 PCR-SSCP profile. CONCLUSIONS: Malassezia species isolation rates were in agreement with those reported from South-west Europe. PCR-SSCP of the ITS 1 is useful for highlighting prospective clinical implications of M. globosa subtypes. SN - 0007-0963 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16634886/Distribution_of_Malassezia_species_in_pityriasis_versicolor_and_seborrhoeic_dermatitis_in_Greece__Typing_of_the_major_pityriasis_versicolor_isolate_M__globosa_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -