Involvement of multiple Cryptococcus neoformans strains in a single episode of cryptococcosis and reinfection with novel strains in recurrent infection demonstrated by random amplification of polymorphic DNA and DNA fingerprinting

J Clin Microbiol. 1995 Jan;33(1):99-102. doi: 10.1128/jcm.33.1.99-102.1995.


We compared the abilities of random amplification of polymorphic DNA and DNA fingerprinting, with oligonucleotide probes, to type five pairs of Cryptococcus neoformans clinical isolates recovered from five separate human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients in London, England. The two techniques had comparable discriminatory abilities when applied to these isolates. A total of eight different isolate types were demonstrated in these patients. No isolate type was observed in more than one patient. Two of the isolate pairs recovered from single episodes of cryptococcosis within 1 day of each other were genotypically indistinguishable by both methods. The other three pairs of isolates were all distinguishable. One of these isolate pairs was obtained from a single episode of cryptococcosis, while the other two were obtained from recurrent infections. These results indicate that multiple strains of C. neoformans may be responsible for a single episode of cryptococcosis and that recurrent infection may occur as a result of reinfection with a novel strain.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Cryptococcosis / complications
  • Cryptococcosis / diagnosis
  • Cryptococcosis / epidemiology
  • Cryptococcosis / microbiology*
  • Cryptococcus neoformans / classification
  • DNA Fingerprinting / methods*
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • HIV Infections / complications
  • HIV Infections / microbiology
  • Humans
  • London / epidemiology
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mycological Typing Techniques*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods*
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Recurrence


  • DNA, Fungal