Decreased virulence in stable, acapsular mutants of cryptococcus neoformans

Mycopathologia. 1982 Jul 23;79(1):23-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00636177.


Six acapsular strains of Cryptococcus neoformans obtained by chemical mutagenesis failed to produce a capsule in vivo and were avirulent in mice following high dose intramuscular, intraperitoneal or intravenous inoculation. Peritoneal granulomas were observed in all animals inoculated with the acapsular mutants. These granulomas were characterized by a large central mass consisting of intact, degenerating and necrotic yeast cells. This was surrounded by concentric layers of a broad band of histiocytes, a narrow band of fibroblasts, and around the periphery, a mass of lymphocytes and plasma cells. These isolates did not revert to an encapsulated or virulent state after more than a year of subculturing or 18 passages through mice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cryptococcosis / immunology
  • Cryptococcosis / pathology
  • Cryptococcus / pathogenicity*
  • Cryptococcus neoformans / pathogenicity*
  • Female
  • Granuloma / pathology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C3H
  • Mutation
  • Virulence