The Fungi Within

Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.

Mahmoud Ghannoum
Jan 31, 2016

Preliminary surveys have revealed several pathogenic species that may increase one’s risk of disease when the healthy microbiome is disrupted. For example, Candida species are among the most common members of the human mycobiome. When the balance of a microbial community is disrupted, Candida species can flourish and cause disease (candidiasis, or “thrush,” when it develops in the mouth or throat).

BODY LOCATION GENERA IDENTIFIED DETAILS

ORAL CAVITY
 

• Alternaria
• Aspergillus
• Aureobasidium
• Candida
• Cladosporium
• Cryptococcus
• Fusarium
• Gibberella
• Glomus • Pichia
• Saccharomyces
• Teratosphaeria

Pathogenic fungi such as
Aspergillus, Fusarium, and
Cryptococcus species are
common residents, and
may increase the risk of
invasive fungal infections,
especially in immunocompromised
patients.

LUNGS

• Aspergillus
• Candida

• Cladosporium
• Penicillium
• Cryptococcus
Pathogenic species such
as Candida albicans are
found in patients with
cystic fibrosis, pulmonary
fibrosis, and other lung
diseases, as...

*Potentially pathogenic lineages

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