Broad-Spectrum Molecular Detection of Fungal Nucleic Acids by PCR-Based Amplification Techniques

  • Stefan Czurda
  • Thomas LionEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1508)


Over the past decade, the incidence of life-threatening invasive fungal infections has dramatically increased. Infections caused by hitherto rare and emerging fungal pathogens are associated with significant morbidity and mortality among immunocompromised patients. These observations render the coverage of a broad range of clinically relevant fungal pathogens highly important. The so-called panfungal or, perhaps more correctly, broad-range nucleic acid amplification techniques do not only facilitate sensitive detection of all clinically relevant fungal species but are also rapid and can be applied to analyses of any patient specimens. They have therefore become valuable diagnostic tools for sensitive screening of patients at risk of invasive fungal infections. This chapter summarizes the currently available molecular technologies employed in testing of a wide range of fungal pathogens, and provides a detailed workflow for patient screening by broad-spectrum nucleic acid amplification techniques.

Key words

Invasive fungal infections Emerging fungal pathogens Panfungal PCR Molecular fungal diagnostics Broad-range fungal diagnostics 



This work was performed within the FUNGITECT project supported by a grant from the European Commission (N° 602125) within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s Cancer Research Institute (CCRI)St. Anna KinderkrebsforschungViennaAustria
  2. 2.LabDia Labordiagnostik GmbHViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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