Evidence that Cryptococcus neoformans is melanized in pigeon excreta: Implications for pathogenesis

Joshua D. Nosanchuk, Joseph Rudolph, Angel L. Rosas, Arturo Casadevall

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Abstract

Structures similar to the melanin 'ghosts' of melanized cryptococcal cells were isolated from pigeon excreta contaminated with Cryptococcus neoformans, and their growth in pigeon excreta supported melanization. The results suggest that environmental C. neoformans cells are melanized and imply that initial infection may involve exposure to melanized cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5477-5479
Number of pages3
JournalInfection and Immunity
Volume67
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1999

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Evidence that Cryptococcus neoformans is melanized in pigeon excreta : Implications for pathogenesis. / Nosanchuk, Joshua D.; Rudolph, Joseph; Rosas, Angel L.; Casadevall, Arturo.

In: Infection and Immunity, Vol. 67, No. 10, 1999, p. 5477-5479.

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Nosanchuk, Joshua D. ; Rudolph, Joseph ; Rosas, Angel L. ; Casadevall, Arturo. / Evidence that Cryptococcus neoformans is melanized in pigeon excreta : Implications for pathogenesis. In: Infection and Immunity. 1999 ; Vol. 67, No. 10. pp. 5477-5479.
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