The genus Cladosporium is the largest member of dematiaceous hyphomycetes. C. sphaerospermum is a saprophyte that can be found in diverse environments such as indoor and outdoor air, soil, hypersaline water, decaying vegetation, paint, silicone and textiles (1). It has also be isolated from the soil of an aged gas manufacturing site rich in polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAH) (2) and radioactive contaminated wall and soil at the damaged nuclear power plant in Chernobyl (3). The ability of this fungus to survive in such extreme environment possess its potential to become a bioremediation agent as it able to degrade PAH and radioactive compounds.

Few cases of C. sphaerospermum causing phaeohyphomycosis has been reported. This fungus was found to cause subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis (4), intrabronchial lesion (5), human corneal ulcer and onychomycoses (6). Furthermore, C. sphaerospermum is also known as an allergen (7). The strain in this project, UM 843 was isolated from the peripheral blood sample of a patient in our mycology diagnostic laboratory.



Flat, radially furrowed with crater-like structure colony was observed on Saboraud Dextrose Agar (SDA) and the colony grew into the agar. The colony was olivaceous green in color and black-green on the reverse side. Microscopically, the conidia of C. sphaerospermum were brown to dark brown(a); globose to subglobose in shape with prominent scar at the end of the conidium(b). Presence of ramoconidia(c), i.e conidia with more than one hilum is one of the characteristics of Cladosporium spp (8). The hyphae of C. sphaerospermum were septated with thick and darkened septa. Under the SEM, the conidia were coronate with protuberant central convex dome surrounded by a raised periclinal rim(d). The ornamentation of conidia were verruculose (9).



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Cladosporium sphaerospermum UM 843

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  • Morphological
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  • Assembly
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    Taxonomic Classification

    Kingdom: Fungi
    Phylum: Ascomycota
    Class: Dothideomycetes
    Order: Capnodiales
    Family: Cladosporiaceae
    Genus: Cladosporium
    Species: Cladosporium sphaerospermum


    Strain Details

    Stock Number843
    Morphological IdentityCladosporium sp.
    Molecular IdentityCladosporium sphaerospermum
    Isolation LocationBlood
    Collection Date29/11/2008
    Isolation CountryMalaysia



    Assembly size(bp): 26,892,198
    Number of contigs: 877
    Number of contigs (>=200bp): 867
    Total contigs size(bp): 26,722,253
    Contigs N50(bp): 92,815
    Contigs GC content(%): 55.67
    Number of scaffolds (>=1000bp): 155
    Total scaffolds size(bp): 26,892,198
    Scaffolds N50(bp): 969,659
    Scaffolds GC content(%): 55.32

    Gene Models

    Number of predicted genes (>=99bp): 9,652
    Average gene length: 1,482
    Average number of exons per gene: 2.26
    rRNAs: 42
    tRNAs: 196

    Gene Annotations

    KEGG : 999
    EC : 1816
    GO : 6069
    KOG : 5852
    PFAM : 7091
    Interpro : 6841
    CAZyme : 605
    CAZyme Unique : 566
    Secondary Metabolite : 15
    Peptidase : 136
    Peptidase Unique : 134
    Virulence Factor : 405

  • NCBI Taxonomy
  • Catalogue of Life
  • Organism Platform Read type Library size(bp) Number of reads Read length(bp) Total read size(bp) Estimated genome size(Mbp) Sequencing coverage(X)
    Cladosporium Illumina HiSeq 2000 Small insert 500 19,253,334 90 1,732,800,060 26.4 - 31.9 55
    Cladosporium Illumina HiSeq 2000 Large insert 5,000 9,987,556 90 898,880,040 26.4 - 31.9 28