Special Issue "Pathogenesis of Cryptococcus neoformans"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Erin McClelland
Guest Editor
Department of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro TN, USA.
Interests: Cryptococcus neoformans; medical mycology; host-pathogen interactions; gender-specific differences to infection
Dr. Helene Eisenman Barbour
Guest Editor
The Department of Natural Sciences, Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, NY 10010, USA
Interests: Cryptococcus neoformans; melanin; invertebrate model hosts; mycology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cryptococcus neoformans causes cryptococcosis, primarily in immune compromised hosts. There are ~220,000 new infections and 180,000 deaths annually, a mortality rate of 82%, most in developing countries. In recent years, our understanding of how C. neoformans (and the related organisms, C. gattii and C. grubii) causes disease has increased significantly. Yet, more remains to be discovered.  For this special issue, we would like to summarize the advances to date in our understanding of the pathogenesis of C. neoformans infections, so therefore invite original research articles, case reports, short communications and review papers on all aspects of cryptococcal pathogenesis. Potential topics include (but are not limited to): cellular and molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, molecular genetics and characterization of cryptococcal isolates, virulence factor mechanisms and discovery, host-pathogen interactions and host defense, Cryptococcus lifecycle and transmission, antifungal therapies and treatments and alternative disease models.

We look forward to reading your contribution.

Dr. Erin McClelland
Dr. Helene Eisenman Barbour
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Cryptococcus neoformans
  • pathogenesis
  • virulence factors
  • host-pathogen interactions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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