Gentamycin inhibits the growth of Malassezia pachydermatis in culture.

Research paper by Carmen C Aspíroz, Yolanda Y Gilaberte, Antonio A Rezusta, Teun T Boekhout, M A Carmen MA Rubio

Indexed on: 13 Feb '10Published on: 13 Feb '10Published in: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología


Malassezia pachydermatis is a yeast of importance in both veterinary and human medicine.To know if M. pachydermatis grow on mycological media with high concentrations of gentamycin.Twenty M. pachydermatis strains were streaked on Sabouraud Dextrose Agar plates with different concentrations of gentamycin.All isolates were inhibited when high concentrations of gentamycin were added.The use of plates with high concentrations of gentamycin can lead to some important misdiagnoses: firstly, false-negative cultures, and secondly, an erroneous classification of M. pachydermatis as a lipid-dependent species. Moreover, all of this could be useful in two therapeutic fields: i) in animals, topical gentamycin could be an efficacious treatment for a disease such as external otitis in dogs; ii) in humans, we hypothesize that gentamycin could be regarded as a possible therapy ("antibiotic-lock") for catheter-associated Malassezia spp. infections.