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1

Name the three classes of fungi, their sexual and asexual spores, and give an example of each

Basidiomycetes - basidiospore - conidium - mushrooms
Ascomycetes - ascospore - conidium - baking yeast
Zygomycetes - zygospore - sporangiophore - bread mould

2

Name the two groups of non-fatal disease-causing fungi and what they cause

Dermatophytes - ringworm/keratin degradation
Pityriasis versicolor - yeasts that form hyphae

3

Name the three main groups of (possibly) fatal disease-causing fungi and their symptoms

Candida albicans - chronic mucocutaneous infection in patients with APECED, forms filaments in serum @ 37 C

Aspergillosis fumigatus - pulmonary symptoms, bronchopulmonary condition, asthma (environmental moulds)

Cryptococcosis neoformans/gatti - meningitis in tropical countries (forms a non-penetrable capsule)

4

How is fungal infection detected?

Microscopy/staining/CT/antibody detection/PCR/culturing

5

Give three examples of antifungals

Polyenes
Azoles
Echinocandins