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Fundamental niche prediction of the pathogenic yeasts Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii in Europe

1 UNIMI - Università degli Studi di Milano = University of Milan
2 UNIBA - Università degli studi di Bari Aldo Moro = University of Bari Aldo Moro
3 Università del Salento [Lecce]
4 UCY - University of Cyprus [Nicosia]
5 Pamukkale University
6 NKUA - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
7 University of Tripoli - University Al Fateh
8 University of Pisa - Università di Pisa
9 Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi ISE-CNR
10 Unict - Università degli studi di Catania = University of Catania
11 University of Naples Federico II = Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II
12 RKI - Robert Koch Institute [Berlin]
13 Uludağ Üniversitesi = Uludag University
14 CIPH - Croatian Institute of Public Health [Zagreb]
15 TransVIHMI - Recherches Translationnelles sur le VIH et les maladies infectieuses endémiques et émergentes
16 IHMT - Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical
17 UTAD - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
18 University of Messina
19 AMU - Aix Marseille Université
20 Marmara University [Kadıköy - İstanbul]
21 UniGe - Università degli studi di Genova = University of Genoa
22 IRCCS AOU San Martino - Istituto di ricovero e cura a carattere scientifico Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria "San Martino"
23 Cukurova University
24 Mycologie moléculaire - Molecular Mycology
25 PARTHENOPE - Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope” = University of Naples
26 Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center [Jerusalem]
27 UNIBAS - Università degli studi della Basilicata [Potenza]
28 The University of Sydney
29 Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital [Nijmegen, The Netherlands]
30 UvA - University of Amsterdam [Amsterdam] = Universiteit van Amsterdam
31 NIH - National Institutes of Health [Bethesda, MD, USA]
32 University of Brighton
33 UMH - Universidad Miguel Hernández [Elche]
Cagri Ergin
  • Function : Author
Stéphane Ranque
Macit Ilkit
  • Function : Author


Fundamental niche prediction of Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii in Europe is an important tool to understand where these pathogenic yeasts have a high probability to survive in the environment and therefore to identify the areas with high risk of infection. In this study, occurrence data for C. neoformans and C. gattii were compared by MaxEnt software with several bioclimatic conditions as well as with soil characteristics and land use. The results showed that C. gattii distribution can be predicted with high probability along the Mediterranean coast. The analysis of variables showed that its distribution is limited by low temperatures during the coldest season, and by heavy precipitations in the driest season. C. neoformans var. grubii is able to colonize the same areas of C. gattii but is more tolerant to cold winter temperatures and summer precipitations. In contrast, the C. neoformans var. neoformans map was completely different. The best conditions for its survival were displayed in sub-continental areas and not along the Mediterranean coasts. In conclusion, we produced for the first time detailed prediction maps of the species and varieties of the C. neoformans and C. gattii species complex in Europe and Mediterranean area.



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pasteur-01854032 , version 1 (06-08-2018)



Massimo Cogliati, Erika Puccianti, Maria Montagna, Antonella de Donno, Serdar Susever, et al.. Fundamental niche prediction of the pathogenic yeasts Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii in Europe. Environmental Microbiology, 2017, 19 (10), pp.4318 - 4325. ⟨10.1111/1462-2920.13915⟩. ⟨pasteur-01854032⟩
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