Medicina (Buenos Aires)
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CANTEROS, Cristina E et al. Genetic characterization of the fungus involved in the first case of coccidioidomycosis described by Alejandro Posadas in 1892. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2009, vol.69, n.2, pp. 215-220. ISSN 1669-9106.
In 1892 Alejandro Posadas described the first worldwide case of coccidioidomycosis in a patient named Domingo Escurra. A preserved necropsy piece from the patient's remains is conserved in the Museum of Pathology of the Medical School, Buenos Aires University. Paraffin-embedded specimens obtained from this piece served to identify the fungus involved in the case. Histological slices from different lesion sites were submitted to a genus-specific immunohistochemical staining in order to select the more suited areas in terms of abundance/integrity of fungal esporangia and endospora. Fungal DNA was amplified from selected deparaffinated slices using a nested PCR designed to amplify a segment of the gen Ag2/PRA and differentiate C. immitis from C. posadasii. This PCR was also applied to two reference strains (C. immitis M38-05, C. posadasii 1-NL) and isolates obtained from four recent coccidioidomycosis cases occurred in Argentina. Amplified products were submitted to sequencing of both DNA strands. The obtained sequences were edited, aligned and compared with C. posadasii (Access N° AY536446, strain Silveira) and C. immitis (Access N° AY536445) deposited in GenBank. DNA sequences from Escurra's lesions were 100% homologous to the recent Argentinean cases and the reference strain 1-NL. A single point C→G difference in position 1228 was observed with respect to sequence of strain C. posadasii Silveira. For the first time, Coccidioides DNA is recovered from a museum piece which is more than 100-year-old. Our results confirm that the original case of Posadas's disease was caused by the recently described C. posadasii.
Palabras clave : Coccidioidomycosis; Coccidioides posadasii; Alejandro Posadas; DNA sequence.