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Special Issue "Mucosal Fungal Infections"
A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017).
Interests: host–fungal interactions; fungal pathogenesis; mucosal immunology; innate immunity; cell signalling
The impact of mucosal-acquired fungal infections on healthcare is large and of growing concern. Candida, Aspergillus, and Cryptococcus species are common fungal pathogens that cause life-threatening infections in millions of immunocompromised individuals worldwide each year. The incidence of systemic fungal infections is rising and can be considered more deadly than most bacterial infections, including all Gram-negative septicaemias. The alarmingly high mortality rate for systemic fungal infections is due to ineffective outcomes associated with current antifungal therapies, a lack of accurate diagnostic tests for the early detection of potentially fatal infections, and no available fungal vaccine. However, the majority of systemic fungal infections are acquired across the mucosal surfaces. Thus, it is of paramount importance to better understand the mechanisms by which these fungi interact with epithelial tissues and how the immune system normally restricts these fungi to mucosal surfaces during health. Identification and manipulation of these fungal and host mechanisms may lead to the discovery of new approaches to prevent these fungal infections, significantly enhancing the therapeutic armoury. This Special Issue will collate the recent advances in our understanding of fungal–epithelial interactions and immunity against these mucosal-acquired fungal infections.
Prof. Julian Naglik
Dr. Jonathan Richardson
Manuscript Submission Information
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