Importance of Resolving Fungal Nomenclature: the Case of Multiple Pathogenic Species in the <i>Cryptococcus</i> Genus



Hagen, Ferry, Lumbsch, H Thorsten, Arsenijevic, Valentina Arsic, Badali, Hamid, Bertout, Sebastien, Billmyre, R Blake, Rosa Bragulat, M, Javier Cabanes, F, Carbia, Mauricio, Chakrabarti, Arunaloke
et al (show 50 more authors) (2017) Importance of Resolving Fungal Nomenclature: the Case of Multiple Pathogenic Species in the <i>Cryptococcus</i> Genus. MSPHERE, 2 (4). e00238-e00217.

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Abstract

Cryptococcosis is a major fungal disease caused by members of the <i>Cryptococcus gattii</i> and <i>Cryptococcus neoformans</i> species complexes. After more than 15 years of molecular genetic and phenotypic studies and much debate, a proposal for a taxonomic revision was made. The two varieties within <i>C. neoformans</i> were raised to species level, and the same was done for five genotypes within <i>C. gattii</i>. In a recent perspective (K. J. Kwon-Chung et al., mSphere 2:e00357-16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00357-16), it was argued that this taxonomic proposal was premature and without consensus in the community. Although the authors of the perspective recognized the existence of genetic diversity, they preferred the use of the informal nomenclature "<i>C. neoformans</i> species complex" and "<i>C. gattii</i> species complex." Here we highlight the advantage of recognizing these seven species, as ignoring these species will impede deciphering further biologically and clinically relevant differences between them, which may in turn delay future clinical advances.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cryptococcus, cryptococcosis, diagnostics, species delimitation, taxonomy
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 14:10
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2023 15:12
DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00238-17
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3026857