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Introduction to Clinical Mycology

Part One

Fungi: General Features

Slide 17

November 2011

Let’s talk about the fungi in general for just a moment. They are Eukaryotic cells. They have a cell wall. They have a cell membrane. The cell wall is made up of a poly-n-acetylgucosamine. The cell membrane contains ergosterol in contrast to mammalian cells which contain cholesterol and the reason that I am mentioning this is that they are certain there are anti-fungal agents that actually bind to the cell membrane that has ergosterol in it. The Hetertrophic break down into organic matter to get energy sources for themselves, decaying matter.

Fungi: General Features


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