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  • Collection and Extraction of Occupational Air Samples for Analysis of Fungal DNA.

Collection and Extraction of Occupational Air Samples for Analysis of Fungal DNA.

Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE (2018-05-22)
Angela R Lemons, William G Lindsley, Brett J Green
ABSTRACT

Traditional methods of identifying fungal exposures in occupational environments, such as culture and microscopy-based approaches, have several limitations that have resulted in the exclusion of many species. Advances in the field over the last two decades have led occupational health researchers to turn to molecular-based approaches for identifying fungal hazards. These methods have resulted in the detection of many species within indoor and occupational environments that have not been detected using traditional methods. This protocol details an approach for determining fungal diversity within air samples through genomic DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, and taxonomic identification of fungal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions. ITS sequencing results in the detection of many fungal species that are either not detected or difficult to identify to species level using culture or microscopy. While these methods do not provide quantitative measures of fungal burden, they offer a new approach to hazard identification and can be used to determine overall species richness and diversity within an occupational environment.

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Millipore
PTFE Membrane Filter, 3.0 μm Pore Size, Fluoropore®, filter diam. 37 mm, hydrophobic