Elucidating the immunological function of the Cryptococcus neoformans capsule.

@article{Vecchiarelli2013ElucidatingTI,
  title={Elucidating the immunological function of the Cryptococcus neoformans capsule.},
  author={Anna Vecchiarelli and Eva Pericolini and Elena Gabrielli and Samyr Kenno and Stefano Perito and Elio Cenci and Claudia Monari},
  journal={Future microbiology},
  year={2013},
  volume={8 9},
  pages={1107-16}
}
The encapsulated fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans represents a significant agent of life-threatening infections in immunocompromised subjects. A unique characteristic of Cryptococcus species is the presence of a polysaccharide capsule, which is essential for virulence and endows Cryptococcus with potent immunoregulatory properties. This review provides an overview of the immunological properties of the principal components of C. neoformans capsule.