Phagocytosis of cryptococcus neoformans by rat alveolar macrophages


Journal Article

A radiolabeling method was developed to investigate the interaction in vitro between Cryptococcus neoformans and Lewis rat alveolar macrophages (AMφ AMφ were harvested by lung lavage, monolayers of adherent cells were established in wells of microtiter plates and [ 51 Cr]-labeled yeast cells were added to the monolayers. After removal of extracellular yeasts, the adherent radioactivity associated with the AMφ was directly proportional both to the number of yeasts added and to the number of yeasts per AMφ as determined by microscopic examination of Giemsa-stained monolayers. Phagocytosis (attachment and/or ingestion) of radiolabeled C. neoformans by AMφ was a sensitive, quantitative and reproducible assay for the evaluation of the AMφC. neoformans interaction. AMφ were able to phagocytose encapsulated strains of C. neoformans. The extent of phagocytosis was inversely related to the capsule size. Normal rat serum (NRS) was an excellent source of opsonins for the ingestion. Inactivation of serum complement or depletion of C3 by affinity chromatography removed most of the opsonic activity of NRS. Specific antibodies against C. neoformans did not increase phagocytosis. © 1989 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bolaños, B; Mitchell, TG

Published Date

  • January 1, 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 203 - 217

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1369-3786

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/02681218980000291

Citation Source

  • Scopus