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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 75-77

Studies on the Utilization of amino acids by epidermophyton floccosum


Department of Microbiology, Dr. ALM PGIMS, Taramani, Madras 600 113

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Mozhi Arun
Department of Microbiology, Dr. ALM PGIMS, Taramani, Madras 600 113

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ABSTRACT: Growth of Epidermophyton floccosum in 20 amino acids was studied using basal media supplemented with 1mg/ml of each amino acid. The growth pattern and microscopic characteristics of the organism in each amino acid was compared with the growth pattern and macroscopic characteristics of the organism in Sabouraud's dextrose agar. Only 6 of 20 amino acids i.e. proline, histidine, alanine, ornithine, arginine and leucine individually supported growth of E. floccosum whereas the remaining 14 amino acids did not support growth of the organism. the selective utilization of certain amino acids by E. floccosum could be one of the reasons for its low prevalence in human infections.






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