Two glutathione peroxidases in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans are expressed in the presence of specific substrates.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Glutathione peroxidases catalyse the reduction of peroxides by reduced glutathione. To determine if these enzymes are important for resistance to oxidative stress and evasion of the innate immune system by the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, two glutathione peroxidase homologues, which share 38 % identity, were identified and investigated. In this study, these peroxidases, Gpx1 and Gpx2, their localization, their contribution to total glutathione peroxidase activity, and their importance to the oxidative and nitrosative stress resistance of C. neoformans are described. It is shown that the two glutathione peroxidase genes are differentially expressed in response to stress. While both GPX1 and GPX2 are induced during t-butylhydroperoxide or cumene hydroperoxide stress and repressed during nitric oxide stress, only GPX2 is induced in response to hydrogen peroxide stress. Deletion mutants of each and both of the glutathione peroxidases were generated, and it was found that they are sensitive to various peroxide stresses while showing wild-type resistance to other oxidant stresses, such as superoxide and nitric oxide. While the glutathione peroxidase mutants are slightly sensitive to oxidant killing by macrophages, they exhibit wild-type virulence in a mouse model of cryptococcosis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Missall, TA; Cherry-Harris, JF; Lodge, JK

Published Date

  • August 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 151 / Pt 8

Start / End Page

  • 2573 - 2581

PubMed ID

  • 16079336

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1350-0872

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1099/mic.0.28132-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England