Isolation and characterization of senescent Cryptococcus neoformans and implications for phenotypic switching and pathogenesis in chronic cryptococcosis.

@article{Jain2009IsolationAC,
  title={Isolation and characterization of senescent Cryptococcus neoformans and implications for phenotypic switching and pathogenesis in chronic cryptococcosis.},
  author={Neena S Jain and Emily M. Cook and Immaculata Xess and Fahmi Hasan and Dietrich Fries and Bettina C Fries},
  journal={Eukaryotic cell},
  year={2009},
  volume={8 6},
  pages={858-66}
}
Although several virulence factors and associated genes have been identified, the mechanisms that allow Cryptococcus neoformans to adapt during chronic infection and to persist in immunocompromised hosts remain poorly understood. Characterization of senescent cells of C. neoformans demonstrated that these cells exhibit a significantly enlarged cell body and capsule but still cross the blood-brain barrier. C. neoformans cells with advanced generational age are also more resistant to phagocytosis… CONTINUE READING