Genotype and mating type analysis of Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii isolates from China that mainly originated from non-HIV-infected patients

FEMS Yeast Res. 2008 Sep;8(6):930-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1567-1364.2008.00422.x. Epub 2008 Jul 29.


Cryptococcosis has been reported to be mostly associated with non-HIV-related patients in China. However, little is known about the molecular characteristics of clinical isolates from the Cryptococcus neoformans species complex in this country. In this study, 115 clinical isolates were included. Molecular type VNI was the most representative (n=103), followed by VGI (n=8), VNIII (n=2), VNIV (n=1), and VGII (n=1). With the exception of a serotype D mating type a isolate, all possessed the MATalpha locus. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) revealed that most Cryptococcus gattii isolates from China shared identical MLST profiles with the most common MLST genotype reported in the VGI group, and the only one VGII isolate resembled the Vancouver Island outbreak minor genotype. The C. gattii strains involved in this study were successfully grouped according to their molecular type and mating types by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis of the GEF1 gene. Our results suggest that (1) in China, cryptococcosis is mostly caused by C. neoformans var. grubii (molecular type VNI), and mating type alpha; (2) The most common causative agents of C. gattii infection in China are closely related to a widely distributed MLST genotype; and (3) The PCR-RFLP analysis of the GEF1 gene has the potential to identify the molecular and mating types of C. gattii simultaneously.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • China / epidemiology
  • Cryptococcosis / epidemiology*
  • Cryptococcosis / microbiology
  • Cryptococcus neoformans* / classification
  • Cryptococcus neoformans* / genetics
  • Cryptococcus neoformans* / isolation & purification
  • Cryptococcus neoformans* / physiology
  • Cryptococcus* / classification
  • Cryptococcus* / genetics
  • Cryptococcus* / isolation & purification
  • Cryptococcus* / physiology
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics
  • Genes, Mating Type, Fungal*
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Molecular Epidemiology*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Serotyping


  • Fungal Proteins