Lipophilic Yeasts of the Genus Malassezia and Skin Diseases.
I. Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Authors: D. Buchvald
Authors‘ workplace: Detská dermatovenerologická klinika LFUK a DFNsP, Bratislava, Slovenská republika
Published in: Epidemiol. Mikrobiol. Imunol. 59, 2010, č. 3, s. 119-125


Recent technological advances have revived the interest in Malassezia yeasts and their clinical role, which has long been a matter of controversy because of their fastidious nature in vitro and relative difficulty in isolation, cultivation and identification. Lipophilic yeasts of the genus Malassezia form a part of normal microbial flora of healthy human (and animal) skin, but they also have been associated with several dermatological diseases, like seborrhoeic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis. Our understanding of the interactions between Malassezia and the host might provide new opportunities to better control these often chronically relapsing diseases.

Key words:
yeasts – Malassezia – seborrhoeic dermatitis.


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