Special Issue "Fungal Biomarkers"

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Juergen Prattes
Guest Editor
Medizinische Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
Interests: biomarkers; fungal infections; sepsis; ICU infections

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are a devastating disease in immunocompromised patients. Early and reliable diagnosis and subsequent rapid initiation of appropriate antifungal therapy has been shown to improve survival significantly. However, IFIs progress rapidly and are difficult to diagnose, especially at early stages. Culture-based approaches are important for the detection of fungal species and resistance testing, but they are limited by low sensitivities and long turnaround time. Significant advances to the field were brought about by the introduction of non-cultural diagnostic tests for aspergillosis in blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, including Aspergillus IgG antibody tests (for chronic pulmonary aspergillosis), galactomannan antigen testing, molecular-based diagnostic approaches, and 1,3-ß-D-glucan testing in patients at risk. A complicating factor is the fact that performance of these tests may vary not only by fungal disease stage and type, but also by risk group (e.g., neutropenic patients versus non-neutropenic patients, neonates versus adults, anti-mold prophylaxis versus no anti-mold prophylaxis).

This Special Issue will welcome the following manuscript types: original research articles, case reports, reviews, mini-reviews, and clinical trial protocols.

Dr. Juergen Prattes
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Fungi is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • invasive fungal infections
  • yeast
  • molds
  • biomarkers
  • diagnosis
  • antigen tests
  • molecular tests

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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