Extreme DNA sequence variation in isolates of Aspergillus fumigatus

FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 1998 Apr;20(4):283-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-695X.1998.tb01138.x.


DNA sequence analysis of the alkaline protease gene was used to investigate two Aspergillus fumigatus strains isolated from ostriches (QLD1 and NSW3) and one environmental isolate (FRR 1266) that have shown genetic variation in previous analyses. The results showed that the QLD1 sequence was virtually identical to the published sequences for three human isolates but NSW3 differed in > 6% and FRR 1266 in > 10% of the nucleotides that were analysed. An RFLP assay was designed to determine the distribution of these (and other) genetic variants among environmental and clinical isolates of A. fumigatus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Aspergillus fumigatus / genetics*
  • Base Sequence
  • Birds / microbiology
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics*
  • Genes, Fungal / genetics
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Serine Endopeptidases / genetics
  • Soil Microbiology


  • DNA, Fungal
  • Serine Endopeptidases
  • oryzin

Associated data

  • GENBANK/Y15871
  • GENBANK/Y15872
  • GENBANK/Y15873