Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 27076666
Link to DOI – 10.1128/JCM.00477-16
J Clin Microbiol 2016 Jul; 54(7): 1738-1745
Eumycetoma is a debilitating, chronic, fungal infection that is endemic in India, Indonesia, and parts of Africa and South and Central America. It remains a neglected tropical disease in need of international recognition. Infections follow traumatic implantation of saprophytic fungi and frequently require radical surgery or amputation in the absence of appropriate treatment. Several fungal species can cause black-grain mycetomas, including Madurella spp. (Sordariales), Falciformispora spp., Trematosphaeria grisea, Biatriospora mackinnonii, Pseudochaetosphaeronema larense, and Medicopsis romeroi (all Pleosporales). We performed phylogenetic analyses based on five loci on 31 isolates from two international culture collections to establish the taxonomic affiliations of fungi that had been isolated from cases of black-grain mycetoma and historically classified as Madurella grisea Although most strains were well resolved to species level and corresponded to known agents of eumycetoma, six independent isolates, which failed to produce conidia under any conditions tested, were only distantly related to existing members of the Pleosporales Five of the six isolates shared >99% identity with each other and are described as Emarellia grisea gen. nov. and sp. nov; the sixth isolate represents a sister species in this novel genus and is described as Emarellia paragrisea. Several E. grisea isolates were present in both United Kingdom and French culture collections and had been isolated independently over 6 decades from cases of imported eumycetoma. Four of the six isolates involved patients that had originated on the Indian subcontinent. All isolates were all susceptible in vitro to the azole antifungals, but had elevated MICs with caspofungin.