Chapter 37 : Moments in the Sun

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The author along with John Taylor, studied the host's cellular and immune response to inhaled conidia and the development of conidia into spherules (named adiaspores, coined to indicate that these structures showed no evidence of cell division) of in host lung tissue. They published together two papers and four abstracts describing the immune response of mice to inhaled conidia. They also noticed that the adiaspores showed definite signs of reproduction as they developed buds. In fact, the adiaspores looked much like the tissue phase of and its multiply budded spores, which resemble a ship's wheel. With this observation as the motivating force, they toiled over the proper experimental design to obviate environmental contamination of the amber samples. To further reduce the possibility of contamination, gut tissue was extracted and cultured under stringent containment conditions. From this experiment, a culture of was isolated that, to this date and after numerous verifying experiments, is thought to have originated from the amber inclusion.

Citation: Raúl C. 2000. Moments in the Sun, p 285-292. In Atlas R (ed), Many Faces, Many Microbes. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818128.ch37

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Cell-Mediated Immune Response
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Citation: Raúl C. 2000. Moments in the Sun, p 285-292. In Atlas R (ed), Many Faces, Many Microbes. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818128.ch37
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