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Adhesion of Penicillium marneffei conidia to the extracellular matrix protein laminin via a sialic acid-dependent process has previously been demonstrated. This study describes the interaction of P. marneffei conidia with fibronectin and examines the relationship of this process to the recognition of laminin via conidia. Immunofluorescence microscopy(More)
Immunofluorescence microscopy demonstrated that laminin bound to the surface of Penicillium marneffei conidia. Attachment of P. marneffei conidia in an adherence assay was inhibited by soluble laminin and anti-laminin antibody. N-Acetylneuraminic acid abolished adherence, indicating an interaction mediated by a sialic acid-specific lectin.
The humoral immune response of patients infected with Cryptococcus neoformans var. neoformans and C. neoformans var. gattii to cytoplasmic (non-capsular) antigens from the two varieties of Cryptococcus has been investigated. Cytoplasmic antigens from C. neoformans (one clinical isolate and one acapsular mutant of var. neoformans and two clinical isolates(More)
Disseminated infection with the dimorphic pathogenic fungus Penicillium marneffei is increasingly seen among patients with AIDS in southeast Asian countries. Previous studies have demonstrated the presence of humoral immune responses to this fungus in patient sera; we have confirmed this work using sera from P. marneffei-infected patients (n = 21) to(More)
A polyclonal antibody against purified Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD) from the pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus was raised in a sheep. This antibody recognised purified A. fumigatus SOD, together with a single band of 19 kDa in A. fumigatus cytoplasmic antigen, by immunodevelopment of Western blots. The polyclonal serum did not recognise either the(More)
A monoclonal antibody (MAb) of the IgG1 subclass, with greater activity to the yeast than the mycelial phase of Histoplasma capsulatum was raised and was found to predominantly recognize a molecule of 80 kDa by immunoblot. Enzymatic deglycosylation and chemical degradation, followed by reaction with MAb 69F on Western blots showed the molecule to be(More)
Three monoclonal antibodies (MAbs), all of the immunoglobulin G1 subclass, were raised against Cryptococcus neoformans by using the technique of cyclophosphamide ablation of B-cell responses against shared epitopes of the cross-reactive fungus Trichosporon beigelii. MAb 3C2 was reactive against the encapsulated and nonencapsulated isolates of C. neoformans(More)
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