Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 28492340
Future Microbiol 2017 05;12:491-504
AIM: To evaluate alterations of zinc homeostasis in macrophages exposed to Cryptococcus neoformans. Materials & methods: Using a fluorescent zinc probe-based flow cytometry and atomic absorption spectrometry, zinc levels were evaluated in J774.A1 cell lines exposed to C. neoformans H99 cells. The transcription profile of macrophage zinc related homeostasis genes – metallothioneins and zinc transporters (ZnTs) of the SLC30 and SLC39 (Zrt-Irt-protein) families – was analyzed by quantitative PCR.
RESULTS: Macrophage intracellular labile zinc levels decreased following exposure to C. neoformans. A significant decrease in transcription levels was detected in specific ZnTs from both the Zrt-Irt-protein and ZnT families, especially 24 h after infection.
CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that macrophages may exhibit zinc depletion in response to C. neoformans infection.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28492340