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Research Article

Sporangiospore Size Dimorphism Is Linked to Virulence of Mucor circinelloides

  • Charles H. Li,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Maria Cervantes,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Genetica y Microbiologia, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain

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  • Deborah J. Springer,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Teun Boekhout,

    Affiliation: CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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  • Rosa M. Ruiz-Vazquez,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Genetica y Microbiologia, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain

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  • Santiago R. Torres-Martinez,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Genetica y Microbiologia, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain

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  • Joseph Heitman mail,

    heitm001@duke.edu (JH); soochan.lee@duke.edu (SCL)

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Soo Chan Lee mail

    heitm001@duke.edu (JH); soochan.lee@duke.edu (SCL)

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Published: June 16, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002086

About the Authors

Charles H. Li, Deborah J. Springer, Joseph Heitman, Soo Chan Lee
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America
Maria Cervantes, Rosa M. Ruiz-Vazquez, Santiago R. Torres-Martinez
Departamento de Genetica y Microbiologia, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain
Teun Boekhout
CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SCL JH RMR-V SRT-M. Performed the experiments: SCL CHL MC DJS. Analyzed the data: SCL JH RMR-V SRT-M TB. Wrote the paper: SCL CHL MC DJS JH.