A highly discriminatory multilocus microsatellite typing (MLMT) system for Penicillium marneffei


Matthew C. Fisher. Fax: +44 207 5943 693; E-mail: matthew.fisher@imperial.ac.uk


For eukaryotic pathogens that are depauperate in genetic variation, multilocus microsatellite typing (MLMT) offers an accurate and reproducible method of characterizing genetic diversity; herein we describe the development of an MLMT system for the emerging pathogenic fungus Penicillium marneffei based on 23 microsatellite loci. Screening isolates held within the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures culture collection demonstrate high levels of genetic diversity and 100% reproducibility. This MLMT system provides a powerful epidemiological tool to analyse the underlying parameters that are responsible for the emergence of P. marneffei in human HIV-positive populations.