Genotypes of clinical and environmental isolates of Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii in Korea

So Hae Park, Seok Cheol Choi, Kyung Won Lee, Mi Na Kim, Soo Myung Hwang

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Multilocus sequence typing analysis was applied to determine the genotypes of 147 (137 clinical and 10 environmental) Cryptococcus neoformans and three clinical Cryptococcus gattii isolates from 1993 to 2014 in Korea. Among the 137 clinical isolates of C. neoformans, the most prevalent genotype was ST5 (n = 131), followed by ST31 (n = 5) and ST127 (n = 1). Three C. gattii strains were identified as ST57, ST7, and ST113. All environmental isolates were identified as C. neoformans with two genotypes, ST5 (n = 7) and ST31 (n = 3). Our results show that C. neoformans isolates in Korea are genetically homogeneous, and represent a close genetic relationship between clinical and environmental isolates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-365
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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