Cryptococcus neoformans: Historical curiosity to modern pathogen

Deepa Srikanta, Felipe H. Santiago-Tirado, Tamara L. Doering

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The importance of the Basidiomycete Cryptococcus neoformans to human health has stimulated its development as an experimental model for both basic physiology and pathogenesis. We briefly review the history of this fascinating and versatile fungus, some notable aspects of its biology that contribute to virulence, and current tools available for its study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-60
Number of pages14
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014


  • Capsule
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Cryptococcus gattii
  • Cryptococcus neoformans
  • Meningitis
  • Pathogenic fungus
  • Yeast

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