Dermatophytes are a group of keratinophilic fungi falling within the genera of and . the genus is particularly important and complex; it comprises at least 15 recognised species. In addition, there are several different variants in the species , which occur both in man and animals. the current methods of determining varieties may require several different culture media and time-consuming procedures, as well as specialist skills. This study used a random primer, 5′-GAGCCCGACT-3′, in the arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction (AP-PCR) and showed that the two common varieties (var. and var. ) can be clearly identified on the basis of their characteristic DNA band patterns. the relative reproducibility, ease of use and precision of this method make the AP-PCR a valuable tool in the laboratory diagnosis of human dermatophytosis.


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