Special Issue "Evolving Concepts of Pneumocystis Epidemiology, Host Specificity and Evolution"

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X). This special issue belongs to the section "Fungal Genomics, Genetics and Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 187

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Liang Ma
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Guest Editor
Critical Care Medicine Department, NIH Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA
Interests: epidemiology and molecular biology of fungal pathogens; antigenic variation and immune evasion; host-pathogen interactions; drug resistance; molecular diagnosis; Pneumocystis
Dr. Ousmane H. Cissé
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Guest Editor
Critical Care Medicine Department, NIH Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA
Interests: mycology with focus on human pathogens; evolutionary cell biology; population genetics; host-pathogen interaction
Dr. Christiane Weissenbacher-Lang
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Guest Editor
Institute of Pathology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Interests: pathology of infectious diseases with focus on viral, bacterial, and fungal infections of the respiratory tract of the pig; Pneumocystis in various mammal species; modern diagnostic methods in veterinary pathology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The WHO recently sounded the alarm, highlighting the rising threat of medically significant invasive fungal diseases worldwide, and released a list of 19 priority fungal pathogens, including Pneumocystis jirovecii, targeted for increased research. Since its first discovery in 1909, our understanding of Pneumocystis has undergone a dramatic evolution, including its taxonomic classification from a single protozoan species to a fungus of multiple species, its host range from only a few mammal species with no specificity to hundreds of mammal species with high specificity, and its pathogenic role from an obscure pathogen to a prominent cause of life-threatening pneumonia in immunocompromised patients.

Empowered by recent advances in genetics and genomics, our knowledge of Pneumocystis continues to evolve in various aspects, particularly in epidemiology, host specificity, and evolution. Some key evolving developments include frequent outbreaks of Pneumocystis pneumonia in transplant recipients, widespread colonization or subclinical infection in immunocompetent and immunodeficient hosts, growing incidence of coinfection of multiple Pneumocystis strains or species in the same host species, reduced host specificity of Pneumocystis among closely related host species, and discordant evolution of some Pneumocystis species with their host species.

The aim of this Special Issue is to foster and integrate scholarly contributions characterizing the new trend of Pneumocystis epidemiology in humans and animals (including laboratory, domesticated, and wild animals), demonstrating the changing pattern and molecular basis of host specificity of Pneumocystis and exploring the evolutionary dynamics of Pneumocystis from different host species.

Dr. Liang Ma
Dr. Ousmane H. Cissé
Dr. Christiane Weissenbacher-Lang
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Pneumocystis
  • epidemiology
  • host specificity
  • species evolution

Published Papers

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