Antibody and B cell subset perturbations in human immunodeficiency virus-uninfected patients with cryptococcosis

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  • © The Author(s) 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America. The importance of antibody immunity in protection against Cryptococcus neoformans remains unresolved. We measured serum C neoformans-specific and total antibody levels and peripheral blood B cell subsets of 12 previously healthy patients with cryptococcosis (cases) and 21 controls. Before and after adjustment for age, sex, and race, cryptococcal capsular polysaccharide immunoglobulin G was higher in cases than controls, whereas total B and memory B cell levels were lower. These associations parallel previous findings in patients with human immunodeficiency virus-associated cryptococcosis and suggest that B cell subset perturbations may also associate with disease in previously normal individuals with cryptococcosis.
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  • Rohatgi S; Nakouzi A; Carreño LJ; Slosar-Cheah M; Kuniholm MH; Wang T; Pappas PG; Pirofski LA
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  • 5
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  • 1