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Abstract

The fungal pathogen has caused declines and extinctions in hundreds of amphibian species across the world. Virulence varies among and within lineages; the Global Panzootic Lineage (GPL) is the most pathogenic, although there is also variation in lethality among GPL isolates. Amphibians have a number of defences against pathogens, and skin products including the microbiota and host peptides have considerable influence over disease progression. Here we demonstrate that the collective skin products (the mucosome) of two amphibian species show significant variation in their ability to inhibit different globally distributed isolates of GPL. This may in part explain the variation in disease susceptibility of hosts to different strains of . More work is required to identify particular traits associated with mucosomes that confer broad-spectrum inhibition across GPL in order to facilitate the development of prophylaxis and/or treatments for chytridiomycosis .

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