Mucormycoses caused by Lichtheimia species.

Schwartze VU, Jacobsen ID (2014) Mucormycoses caused by Lichtheimia species. Mycoses 57(Suppl. 3), 73-78.


Mucormycoses are life-threatening infections with fungi from the order Mucorales (Mucoromycotina). Although mucormycoses are uncommon compared to other fungal infections, e.g. aspergillosis and candidiasis, the number of cases is increasing especially in immunocompromised patients. Lichtheimia (formerly Absidia) species represent the second to third most common cause of mucormycoses in Europe. This mini review presents current knowledge about taxonomy and clinical relevance of Lichtheimia species. In addition, clinical presentation and risk factors will be discussed. Proper animal infection models are essential for the understanding of the pathogenesis and the identification of virulence factors of fungal pathogens. To date, several animal models have been used to study Lichtheimia infection. A brief overview of the different models and the main conclusions from the infection experiments is summarised in this review.


Ilse Denise Jacobsen
Volker Schwartze


doi: 10.1111/myc.12239

PMID: 25186921