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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Systematics and Diagnostics of Emerging and Quarantine-Significant Plant Pathogenic Fungi

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Title: Phomopsis bougainvilleicola prepatellar bursitis in a renal transplant recipient

item Cariello, Paloma
item Wickes, Brian
item Sutton, Deanna
item Castlebury, Lisa
item Levitz, Stuart
item Finberg, Robert
item Thompson, Elizabeth
item Daly, Jennifer

Submitted to: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/21/2012
Publication Date: 2/1/2013
Citation: Cariello, P.F., Wickes, B.L., Sutton, D.A., Castlebury, L.A., Levitz, S.M., Finberg, R.W., Thompson, E.H., Daly, J.S. 2013. Phomopsis bougainvilleicola prepatellar bursitis in a renal transplant recipient. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 51(2):692-695.

Interpretive Summary: Fungi can cause serious diseases of agricultural and forest plant resources. Occasionally a fungus known from plants will occur in humans especially if the person is weakened or immunocompromised. In this research genetic sequence data were used to identify a fungus associated with a human who had received a liver transplant. Based on an extensive knowledge of the genetics of this group of plant-associated fungi, it was possible to determine the identity of the fungus isolated from the human based on the sequence data alone. The fungus from the human is a species known from a tropical plant in Asia and the American tropics. This research will be used by medical personnel to determine the correct treatment for this disease.

Technical Abstract: Pre-patellar bursitis is typically a monomicrobial bacterial infection. Rarely is a fungal cause identified. We describe a 61 year-old man who had received a renal transplant 21 months prior to presentation whose synovial fluid and surgical specimens grew Phomopsis bougainvilleicola, a pycnidial coelomycete.

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