Phaeoacremonium parasiticum

Phialophora parasiticum

The genus Phaeoacremonium initially accommodated isolates with features similar to those seen in both Acremonium and Phialophora

It differs from the former by having pigmented hyphae and conidiophores and from the latter by having indistinct collarettes and warty conidiogenous cells (Revankar and Sutton, 2010).

Phaeoacremonium parasiticum

Phaeoacremonium parasiticum colony and a phialide with a small, funnel-shaped collarette.

Phaeoacremonium currently consists of 46 species with P. parasiticum and P. krajdenii recognised as the predominant species associated with human infections (Mostert et al. 2005). Other species have also been isolated from clinical cases i.e. P. alvesii, P. amstelodamense, P. griseorubrum, P. minimum, P. rubrigenum, P. tardicrescens, and P. venezuelense. Infections caused by P. parasiticum include subcutaneous abscesses, thorn-induced arthritis, and disseminated infection (Revankar and Sutton, 2010, Gramaje et al. 2015).

RG-2 organism.

Phaeoacremonium parasiticum colony

Phaeoacremonium parasiticum colony and a phialide with a small, funnel-shaped collarette.

Morphological description: 
Cultures usually slow growing, suede-like with radial furrows, initially whitish-grey becoming olivaceous-grey with age. Hyphae hyaline, later becoming brown and some becoming rough-walled. Phialides are brown, thick-walled, slender, acular to cylindrical slightly tapering towards the tip, 15-50 μm long, often proliferating, with small, funnel-shaped collarettes. Conidia, often in balls, are hyaline, thin-walled, cylindrical to sausage-shaped, 3-6 x 1-2 μm, later inflating. Maximum growth temperature 40C.

Molecular identification: 
ITS and β-tubulin sequencing (Mostert et al. 2006, Gramaje et al. 2015).

Key features: 
The identification of the different Phaeoacremonium species can be done by combining cultural, morphological and sequence data (Mostert et al. 2006, Gramaje et al. 2015).

de Hoog et al. (2000, 2015), Revankar and Sutton (2010), Mostert et al. (2005, 2006), Gramaje et al. (2015), Badali et al. (2015).

Antifungal susceptibility: Phaeoacremonium parasiticum (Badali et al. 2015, Australian national data); MIC µg/mL.
  No ≤0.03 0.06 0.125 0.25 0.5 1 2 4 8 16 ≥32
AmB 56   1 7 13 17 13 5        
VORI 56   2 8 21 23 1 2        
POSA 53   1 5 17 23 6 1        
ITRA 56   1     3 3 1 1   47  


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