Medically important bacterial–fungal interactions

Cryptococcus Whether it is in the setting of disease or in a healthy state, the human body contains a diverse range of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi. The interactions between these taxonomically diverse microorganisms are highly dynamic and dependent on a multitude of microorganism and host factors. Human disease can develop from an imbalance between commensal bacteria and fungi or from invasion of particular host niches by opportunistic bacterial and fungal pathogens. This Review describes the clinical and molecular characteristics of bacterial–fungal interactions that are relevant to human disease.

Medically important bacterial–fungal interactions. 2010 Nature Reviews Microbiology 8, 340-349 doi:10.1038/nrmicro2313


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