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Title: Importance of resolving fungal nomenclature: The case of multiple pathogenic species in the Cryptococcus genus
Authors: Ferry Hagen
H. Thorsten Lumbsch
Valentina Arsic Arsenijevic
Hamid Badali
Sebastien Bertout
R. Blake Billmyre
M. Rosa Bragulat
F. Javier Cabañes
Mauricio Carbia
Arunaloke Chakrabarti
Sudha Chaturvedi
Vishnu Chaturvedi
Min Chen
Anuradha Chowdhary
Maria Francisca Colom
Oliver A. Cornely
Pedro W. Crous
Maria S. Cuétara
Mara R. Diaz
Ana Espinel-Ingroff
Hamed Fakhim
Rama Falk
Wenjie Fang
Patricia F. Herkert
Consuelo Ferrer Rodríguez
James A. Fraser
Josepa Gené
Josep Guarro
Alexander Idnurm
María Teresa Illnait-Zaragozi
Ziauddin Khan
Kantarawee Khayhan
Anna Kolecka
Cletus P. Kurtzman
Katrien Lagrou
Wanqing Liao
Carlos Linares
Jacques F. Meis
Kirsten Nielsen
Tinashe K. Nyazika
Weihua Pan
Marina Pekmezovic
Itzhack Polacheck
Brunella Posteraro
Flavio de Queiroz Telles Filho
Orazio Romeo
Manuel Sánchez
Ana Sampaio
Maurizio Sanguinetti
Pojana Sriburee
Takashi Sugita
Saad J. Taj-Aldeen
Masako Takashima
John W. Taylor
Bart Theelen
Rok Tomazin
Paul E. Verweij
Retno Wahyuningsih
Ping Wang
Teun Boekhout
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Immunology and Microbiology
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2017
Abstract: © 2017 Hagen et al. Cryptococcosis is a major fungal disease caused by members of the Cryptococcus gattii and Cryptococcus neoformans 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 C. neoformans were raised to species level, and the same was done for five genotypes within C. gattii. 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 "C. neoformans species complex" and "C. gattii 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.
ISSN: 23795042
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