Melanin and virulence in Cryptococcus neoformans

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

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Melanin synthesis has been associated with virulence for the human pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. Recent evidence indicates that C. neoformans cells synthesize melanin during infection and that this pigment protects the fungus against immune defense mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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