A study of the capability of Aspergillus species(A.niger, A.flavus and A.terreus ) to produce phospholipase enzyme phenotypically

wifaqa wifaqa.alhedad, sameera kadhum


This study included 113 ear swabs from patients (males and female )  with Otomycosis , visited the otolaryngology consultation room at Al-Sader  Medical City in Al-Najaf / Iraq in addition to the private otolaryngology clinics of some of ear,nose and throat specialists , during the period  from October 2012 to March 2013 . aims to isolate and diagnose the causative opportunistic mycotic infection of the ear and to identify the enzymatic activity of phospholipase  phenotypically as an important virulence factor of fungi .

One hundred and three positive swabs were obtained including "Cephalosporium ,Candida spp, Aspergillus spp, Neurospora (Monilia ) and Trichosporium beigelii .

 A.flavus  and A.niger  showed  phospholipase  activity  in  two  degrees (++ ,+++) , but A.terreus  shoed only (++) .


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