Diverse pathogenic fungi secrete extracellular vesicles (EV) that contain macromolecules, including virulence factors that can modulate the host immune response. We recently demonstrated that the binding of monoclonal antibodies (mAb) modulates how Histoplasma capsulatum load and releases its extracellular vesicles (EV). In the present paper, we addressed a concentration-dependent impact on the fungus' EV loading and release with different mAb, as well as the pathophysiological role of these EV during the host-pathogen interaction. We found that the mAbs differentially regulate EV content in concentration-dependent and independent manners. Enzymatic assays demonstrated that laccase activity in EV from H. capsulatum opsonized with 6B7 was reduced, but urease activity was not altered. The uptake of H. capsulatum by macrophages pre-treated with EV, presented an antibody concentration-dependent phenotype. The intracellular killing of yeast cells was potently inhibited in macrophages pre-treated with EV from 7B6 (non-protective) mAb-opsonized H. capsulatum and this inhibition was associated with a decrease in the reactive-oxygen species generated by these macrophages. In summary, our findings show that opsonization quantitatively and qualitatively modifies H. capsulatum EV load and secretion leading to distinct effects on the host's immune effector mechanisms, supporting the hypothesis that EV sorting and secretion are dynamic mechanisms for a fine-tuned response by fungal cells.
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