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Overview

This project is carried out by Chiba University’s Medical Mycology Research Center (pathogenic fungi/actinomycetes) and Nagasaki University’s Institute of Tropical Medicine (pathogenic protozoa). Together, they cooperate in various efforts to support education and research pertaining to infectious diseases and pathogens. Specifically, they are developing a system for collection, preservation, and distribution of pathogenic microorganisms, and they supply reliable strains of pathogenic microorganisms that are backed by high-level information. They also contribute to efforts aimed at conquering infectious diseases. For some institutes are not able to deal with living pathogenic microorganisms, we distribute their DNA or killed ones.

Key Strains/Studies (Pathogenic fungi, actinomycetes and protozoa)

All species of highly pathogenic exogenous fungi (including type 3 pathogens), other principal pathogenic fungi species, standard strains of pathogenic actinomycetes (mainly Nocardia), and human infecting protozoa (including information of strains preserved by other institutions).

Research contributions

The project’s resources have been used as, among other applications:

  • (1) Strains for whole genomic analysis, strains for creation of DNA chips for identification of pathogenic microorganisms
  • (2) Standard strains for proposing new species
  • (3) Comparative strains for drug susceptibility testing of clinical isolates
  • (4) Resources for drug development by pharmaceutical companies
  • (5) Strains for creation of MALDI-TOF MS for identification of pathogenic microorganisms, (6) Resources for student experiments.

Contact information

Pathogenic fungi/actinomycetes :
Takashi Yaguchi, Medical Mycology Research Center, Chiba University
e-Mail : yaguchi[at]chiba-u.jp
FAX:+81-43-226-2790

Pathogenic protozoa :
Kenji Hirayama, Nagasaki University
e-Mail : hiraken[at]nagasaki-u.ac.jp
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