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.
Hosts/substrateDisease/effectClinical picture or result
Horse and monkeysSkin mycosisSuperficial cutaneous infections.
CattleMastitisInflammation of the udder.
CatTrichosporonosisNasal granuloma, cystitis and disseminated trichosporonosis.
HumansSkin mycosis and white piedraSuperficial cutaneous infections and hair shaft infections, respectively.
Immunocompromised humansTrichosporonosisDisseminated trichosporonosis.
Genome Sequence:
ACC-No GenBankStrain/Isolate# of chromSize (Mbp)
GCA_001600715 JCM 1462  22.8 

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

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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