Demonstration of Adventitious Sporulation in Fusarium Petroliphilum Onychomycosis

  • Ziauddin KhanEmail author
  • Suhail Ahmad
  • Wadha Alfouzan
  • Leena Joseph
  • Soumya Varghese
Original Paper


Fusarium petroliphilum is a recently described species within the Fusarium solani species complex. Some strains of Fusarium species are capable of forming yeast-like structures in tissue as well as in culture through a process known as “adventitious sporulation.” Here, we describe the formation of these yeast-like reproductive structures in infected nail tissue obtained from a case of onychomycosis. These structures were also observed in culture grown on RPMI 1640 agar supplemented with 2% glucose. The isolate was resistant to azoles and echinocandins. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing adventitious sporulation in F. petroliphilum and its etiologic role in onychomycosis.


Fusarium petroliphilum Adventitious sporulation Yeast-like structures Antifungal resistance 



Technical support received from Omar Al-Musallam is thankfully acknowledged.

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Conflict of interest

Authors report no conflict interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, Faculty of MedicineKuwait UniversitySafatKuwait

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