Species/Subspecies: Trichosporon cutaneum
Categories: Animal pathogen; human pathogen; of practical use
Etymology: Genus name: hairy seed.
Species epithet: of the skin.
Alternative Species Name(s):Trichosporon beigelii, Cutaneotrichosporon cutaneum
Significance:This yeast fungus has no major medical significance.
  [Of minor importance]   
Macromorphology (smell):
Metabolism: Non-fermentative
Reproduction:Reproduction is asexual and occurs by budding of arthroconidia. No sexual stage has been demonstrated.
Enzymes: Urease +
Spec. Char.:
Reservoir: Soil
Disease/effect: Infections of Trichosporon sp. are uncommon in individuals with normal immune systems. Sometimes it is uncertain which of the species is the cause of an infection.
Genome Sequence:
ACC-No GenBankStrain/Isolate# of chromSize (Mbp)
GCA_001600715 JCM 1462  22.8 

18S rRNA Seq:
ACC-No GenBankStrain/IsolateNumber of NT
NG_061162 CBS 2466 1654 
Partial sequence

ITS regions: -
Taxonomy/phylogeny: More than 50 species have been described within the genus Trichosporon and the following are assumed to be able to cause trichosporonosis: T. asahii, T. asteroides, T. cutaneum, T. dermatis, T. dohaense, T. inkin, T. loubieri, T. mucoides, and T. ovoides. Many of these species were earlier named T. beigelii, which is now an obsolete name.
Practical use:T. cutaneum can be used for lipid production from biomass containing lignin and cellulose. Can also be used to degrade phenol and adsorb cadmium.
Comment:Sometimes you see T. cutaneum mentioned among dermatophytes, but it is not normally considered as such.

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