Makato Miyaji

Chiba University, Tiba, Chiba, Japan

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Publications (3)3.81 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Hortaea werneckii, a black yeast-like hyphomycete that is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical environments, can cause superficial mycotic infection in humans. This fungus was recently isolated from superficial infectious lesions of a guinea pig in Japan. An oligonucleotide primer set specific for Hortaea werneckii was designed on the basis of the internal transcribed spacer regions of the ribosomal DNA (rDNA). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with this primer set yielded a 306 bp PCR amplicon from only H. werneckii. This primer set did not amplify DNAs of 42 other related dematiaceous species, including the medically important dematiaceous fungi Cladophialophora carrionii, Fonsecaea pedrosoi, Phialophora verrucosa, and Exophiala dermatitidis, and eight species of medically important yeasts, including Candida (C.) albicans, C. dublinensis, C. glabrata, C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, Cryptococcus neoformans var. neoformans, Malassezia furfur, and Trichosporon asahii var. asahii. PCR with this primer set may be a useful technique for rapid identification of H. werneckii.
    Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 07/2003; 46(2):89-93. · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hortaea werneckii, a black yeast-like hyphomycete that is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical environments, can cause superficial mycotic infection in humans. This fungus was recently isolated from superficial infectious lesions of a guinea pig in Japan. An oligonucleotide primer set specific for Hortaea werneckii was designed on the basis of the internal transcribed spacer regions of the ribosomal DNA (rDNA). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with this primer set yielded a 306 bp PCR amplicon from only H. werneckii. This primer set did not amplify DNAs of 42 other related dematiaceous species, including the medically important dematiaceous fungi Cladophialophora carrionii, Fonsecaea pedrosoi, Phialophora verrucosa, and Exophiala dermatitidis, and eight species of medically important yeasts, including Candida (C.) albicans, C. dublinensis, C. glabrata, C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, Cryptococcus neoformans var. neoformans, Malassezia furfur, and Trichosporon asahii var. asahii. PCR with this primer set may be a useful technique for rapid identification of H. werneckii.
    Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease - DIAGN MICROBIOL INFECT DIS. 01/2003; 46(2):89-93.
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    ABSTRACT: We report a case of paravertebral and intravertebral abscesses caused by Coccidioides immitis in a Japanese man. The patient had lived in Arizona, United States, for 5 years, and suffered from overt disease after coming back to Japan. Culture of pus from the paravertebral abscess revealed Coccidioides immitis, and a diagnosis of disseminated coccidioidomycosis was made. Fluconazole (600 mg/day), taken orally, was started, and the abscesses surrounding the vertebral bodies disappeared after 2 years of treatment. The abscess in the vertebral bodies also responded to treatment, but a small lesion was still left in the 10th vertebral body after 2 years of treatment. Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection that is endemic in the southwestern United States and in Central and South America. Although coccidioidomycosis causes self-limiting flu-like illness or pneumonia, a small proportion of the infections progress to disseminated diseases. Because the incidence of coccidioidomycosis is increasing year by year, physicians not only in endemic but also in nonendemic areas have to consider coccidioidomycosis as one of the differential diagnoses when they examine patients from endemic areas.
    Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy 07/2002; 8(2):178-81. · 1.55 Impact Factor