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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917999/the-two-component-response-regulator-vdskn7-plays-key-roles-in-microsclerotial-development-stress-resistance-and-virulence-of-verticillium-dahliae
#1
Chen Tang, Dianguang Xiong, Yulin Fang, Chengming Tian, Yonglin Wang
The fungus Verticillium dahliae causes vascular wilt disease on various plant species resulting in devastating yield losses worldwide. The capacity of V. dahliae to colonize in host plant xylem and disseminate by microsclerotia has led to studies to evaluate genes associated with pathogenesis and microsclerotia formation. Here, we identified and characterized a V. dahliae homolog to Skn7, a two-component stress response regulator of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Results showed that melanized microsclerotia formation and conidiation were significantly inhibited in the VdSkn7 deletion mutants...
September 13, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870457/a-fluorogenic-c-neoformans-reporter-strain-with-a-robust-expression-of-m-cherry-expressed-from-a-safe-haven-site-in-the-genome
#2
Rajendra Upadhya, Woei C Lam, Brian T Maybruck, Maureen J Donlin, Andrew L Chang, Sarah Kayode, Kate L Ormerod, James A Fraser, Tamara L Doering, Jennifer K Lodge
C. neoformans is an encapsulated fungal pathogen with defined asexual and sexual life cycles. Due to the availability of genetic and molecular tools for its manipulation, it has become a model organism for studies of fungal pathogens, even though it lacks a reliable system for maintaining DNA fragments as extrachromosomal plasmids. To compensate for this deficiency, we identified a genomic gene-free intergenic region where heterologous DNA could be inserted by homologous recombination without adverse effects on the phenotype of the recipient strain...
September 12, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889020/the-novel-aspergillus-fumigatus-mat1-2-4-mating-type-gene-is-required-for-mating-and-cleistothecia-formation
#3
Yidong Yu, Jorge Amich, Cornelia Will, Carly E Eagle, Paul S Dyer, Sven Krappmann
Sexual propagation accompanied by recombination and the formation of spore-containing fruiting bodies is a cornerstone of fungal genetics and biology. In the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus sexual identity has previously been shown to be determined by MAT1-1-1 or MAT1-2-1 genes which act as transcriptional regulators and are present within idiomorphs found at the MAT locus. We here report the identification and first characterization of a further novel gene, termed MAT1-2-4, that is present in the MAT1-2 idiomorph of A...
September 6, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860084/high-density-genetic-mapping-identifies-the-genetic-basis-of-a-natural-colony-morphology-mutant-in-the-root-rot-pathogen-armillaria-ostoyae
#4
Renate Heinzelmann, Daniel Croll, Stefan Zoller, György Sipos, Martin Münsterkötter, Ulrich Güldener, Daniel Rigling
Filamentous fungi exhibit a broad spectrum of heritable growth patterns and morphological variations reflecting the adaptation of the different species to distinct ecological niches. But also within species, isolates show considerable variation in growth rates and other morphological characteristics. The genetic basis of this intraspecific variation in mycelial growth and morphology is currently poorly understood. By chance, a growth mutant in the root rot pathogen Armillaria ostoyae was discovered. The mutant phenotype was characterized by extremely compact and slow growth, as well as shorter aerial hyphae and hyphal compartments in comparison to the wildtype phenotype...
August 28, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803908/comparative-analysis-of-basidiomycete-transcriptomes-reveals-a-core-set-of-expressed-genes-encoding-plant-biomass-degrading-enzymes
#5
Mao Peng, Maria Victoria Aguilar-Pontes, Matthieu Hainaut, Bernard Henrissat, Kristiina Hildén, Miia R Mäkelä, Ronald P de Vries
Basidiomycete fungi can degrade a wide range of plant biomass, including living and dead trees, forest litter, crops, and plant matter in soils. Understanding the process of plant biomass decay by basidiomycetes could facilitate their application in various industrial sectors such as food & feed, detergent, and biofuels, and also provide new insights into their essential biological role in the global carbon cycle. The fast expansion of basidiomycete genomic and functional genomics data (e.g. transcriptomics, proteomics) has facilitated exploration of key genes and regulatory mechanisms of plant biomass degradation...
August 10, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754284/temporal-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-white-rot-fungus-obba-rivulosa-shows-expression-of-a-constitutive-set-of-plant-cell-wall-degradation-targeted-genes-during-growth-on-solid-spruce-wood
#6
Mila Marinović, Maria Victoria Aguilar-Pontes, Miaomiao Zhou, Otto Miettinen, Ronald P de Vries, Miia R Mäkelä, Kristiina Hildén
The basidiomycete white-rot fungus Obba rivulosa, a close relative of Gelatoporia (Ceriporiopsis) subvermispora, is an efficient degrader of softwood. The dikaryotic O. rivulosa strain T241i (FBCC949) has been shown to selectively remove lignin from spruce wood prior to depolymerization of plant cell wall polysaccharides, thus possessing potential in biotechnological applications such as pretreatment of wood in pulp and paper industry. In this work, we studied the time-course of the conversion of spruce by the genome-sequenced monokaryotic O...
July 25, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690095/evolution-of-polyketide-synthesis-in-a-dothideomycete-forest-pathogen
#7
I Kutay Ozturk, Pranav Chettri, Pierre-Yves Dupont, Irene Barnes, Rebecca L McDougal, Geromy G Moore, Andre Sim, Rosie E Bradshaw
Fungal secondary metabolites have many important biological roles and some, like the toxic polyketide aflatoxin, have been intensively studied at the genetic level. Complete sets of polyketide synthase (PKS) genes can now be identified in fungal pathogens by whole genome sequencing and studied in order to predict the biosynthetic potential of those fungi. The pine needle pathogen Dothistroma septosporum is predicted to have only three functional PKS genes, a small number for a hemibiotrophic fungus. One of these genes is required for production of dothistromin, a polyketide virulence factor related to aflatoxin, whose biosynthetic genes are dispersed across one chromosome rather than being clustered...
July 6, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676260/quantitative-itraq-based-secretome-analysis-reveals-species-specific-and-temporal-shifts-in-carbon-utilization-strategies-among-manganese-ii-oxidizing-ascomycete-fungi
#8
Carolyn A Zeiner, Samuel O Purvine, Erika M Zink, Ljiljana Paša-Tolić, Dominique L Chaput, Si Wu, Cara M Santelli, Colleen M Hansel
Fungi generate a wide range of extracellular hydrolytic and oxidative enzymes and reactive metabolites, collectively known as the secretome, that synergistically drive plant litter decomposition in the environment. While secretome studies of model organisms have greatly expanded our knowledge of these enzymes, few have extended secretome characterization to environmental isolates, particularly filamentous Ascomycetes, or directly compared temporal patterns of enzyme utilization among diverse species. Thus, the mechanisms of carbon (C) degradation by many ubiquitous soil fungi remain poorly understood...
July 1, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666924/role-of-carbon-source-in-the-shift-from-oxidative-to-hydrolytic-wood-decomposition-by-postia-placenta
#9
Jiwei Zhang, Jonathan S Schilling
Brown rot fungi initiate wood decay using oxidative pretreatments to improve access for cellulolytic enzymes. These pretreatments are incompatible with enzymes, and we recently showed that Postia placenta overcomes this issue by delaying glycoside hydrolase (GH) gene upregulation briefly (<48h) until expression of oxidoreductases (ORs) is repressed. This implies an inducible cellulase system rather than a constitutive system, as often reported, and it remains unclear what cues this transition. To address this, we grew P...
June 27, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648816/how-light-affects-the-life-of-botrytis
#10
REVIEW
Julia Schumacher
Fungi, like other organisms, actively sense the environmental light conditions in order to drive adaptive responses, including protective mechanisms against the light-associated stresses, and to regulate development. Ecological niches are characterized by different light regimes, for instance light is absent underground, and light spectra from the sunlight are changed underwater or under the canopy of foliage due to the absorption of distinct wavelengths by bacterial, algal and plant pigments. Considering the fact that fungi have evolved to adapt to their habitats, the complexities of their 'visual' systems may vary significantly...
June 23, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830793/piperine-inhibits-aflatoxin-b1-production-in-aspergillus-flavus-by-modulating-fungal-oxidative-stress-response
#11
Isaura Caceres, Rhoda El Khoury, Sylviane Bailly, Isabelle P Oswald, Olivier Puel, Jean-Denis Bailly
Aspergillus flavus, a soil-borne pathogen, represents a danger for humans and animals since it produces the carcinogenic mycotoxin Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1). Approaches aiming the reduction of this fungal contaminant mainly involve chemicals that may also be toxic. Therefore, identification and characterization of natural anti-aflatoxigenic products represents a sustainable alternative strategy. Piperine, a major component of black and long peppers, has been previously demonstrated asan AFB1-inhibitor; nevertheless its mechanism of action was yet to be elucidated...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830792/functional-analysis-of-the-selective-autophagy-related-gene-acatg11-in-acremonium-chrysogenum
#12
Jiajia Liu, Tianchao Hao, Pengjie Hu, Yuanyuan Pan, Xuejun Jiang, Gang Liu
Autophagy is a highly conserved degradation system in eukaryotes. Selective autophagy is used for the degradation of selective cargoes. Selective autophagic processes of yeast include pexophagy, mitophagy, and cytoplasm-to-vacuole targeting (Cvt) pathway in which particular vacuolar proteins, such asaminopeptidase I (Ape1), are selectively transported to vacuoles. However, the physiological role of selective autophagy remains elusive in filamentous fungi. ATG11 family proteins asa basic scaffold are essential for most selective autophagy pathways in yeast...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822858/comparison-of-genome-engineering-using-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-c-glabrata-wild-type-and-lig4-strains
#13
Yuke Cen, Bea Timmermans, Ben Souffriau, Johan M Thevelein, Patrick Van Dijck
Candida glabrata is reported as the second most prevalent human opportunistic fungal pathogen in North America and is threatening patients all over the world. Its incidence is rising, while it has developed resistance to the most widely used antifungal drugs, necessitating new approaches based on better insight into the biology of the organism. Despite its close phylogenetic relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, generating precise genomic alterations in this species is problematic. Previously we have shown that deletion of LIG4, which encodes an enzyme involved in Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ), strongly enhances the probability of obtaining correctly modified transformants...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803909/depletion-of-the-mitotic-kinase-cdc5p-in-candida-albicans-results-in-the-formation-of-elongated-buds-that-switch-to-the-hyphal-fate-over-time-in-a-ume6p-and-hgc1p-dependent-manner
#14
Amandeep Glory, Chloë Triplet van Oostende, Anja Geitmann, Catherine Bachewich
The fungal pathogen Candida albicans differentiates between yeast, hyphae and pseudohyphae in order to enhance survival in the human host. Environmental cues induce hyphal development and expression of hyphal-specific genes. Filaments also result from yeast cell cycle arrest, but the nature of these cells and their mechanisms of formation are less clear. We previously demonstrated that depletion of the mitotic polo-like kinase Cdc5p resulted in the production of filaments under yeast growth conditions that were distinct from hyphae with respect to several criteria, yet expressed hyphal-specific genes at later stages of development...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803907/cu-sensing-transcription-factor-mac1-coordinates-with-the-ctr-transporter-family-to-regulate-cu-acquisition-and-virulence-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#15
Zhendong Cai, Wenlong Du, Qiuqiong Zeng, Nanbiao Long, Chuanchao Dai, Ling Lu
Copper (Cu) is an essential trace element and is regarded as an important virulence factor in fungal pathogens. Previous studies suggest that a putative Cu-sensing transcription factor Mac1 and the Cu transporter Ctr family play important roles during fungal development and virulence. However, how Cu importers of the Ctr family are involved in the Cu acquisition and what is the functional relationship between them have not been fully investigated yet. Here, we demonstrate that the yeast Mac1 homolog in the opportunistic human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus is required during colony development under low Cu conditions...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778753/fvset2-regulates-fungal-growth-pathogenicity-and-secondary-metabolism-in-fusarium-verticillioides
#16
Qin Gu, Zhenzhong Wang, Xiao Sun, Tiantian Ji, Hai Huang, Yang Yang, Hao Zhang, Hafiz Abdul Samad Tahir, Liming Wu, Huijun Wu, Xuewen Gao
Histone H3 lysine 36 methylation (H3K36me) is generally associated with activation of gene expression in most eukaryotic cells. However, the function of H3K36me in filamentous fungi is largely unknown. Set2 is the sole lysine histone methyltransferase (KHMTase) enzyme responsible for the methylation of H3K36 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In the current study, we identified a single ortholog of S. cerevisiae Set2 in Fusarium verticillioides. We report that FvSet2 is responsible for the trimethylation of H3K36 (H3K36me3)...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754285/dynamics-of-parasitophorous-vacuoles-formed-by-the-microsporidian-pathogen-encephalitozoon-cuniculi
#17
Soo Chan Lee, Joseph Heitman
It has been a long-standing debate if sexual development occurs in the microsporidian lineages. Previous studies, including morphological observations, ploidy analysis, and the presence of a sex-related locus, provided evidence of possible extant of sexual development. This study presents another line of evidence by monitoring the parasitophorous vacuoles (PVs) formed by Encephalitozoon cuniculi. Time lapse observations of infection cycles of E. cuniculi revealed that multiple PVs can be formed in a single host cell and the PVs in the single cell can merge (fusion) or split (fission)...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736299/n-acetylglucosamine-the-building-block-of-chitin-inhibits-growth-of-neurospora-crassa
#18
Romana Gaderer, Verena Seidl-Seiboth, Ronald P de Vries, Bernhard Seiboth, Lisa Kappel
N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) is the monomer of the polysaccharide chitin, an essential structural component of the fungal cell wall and the arthropod exoskeleton. We recently showed that the genes encoding the enzymes for GlcNAc catabolism are clustered in several ascomycetes. In the present study we tested these fungi for growth on GlcNAc and chitin. All fungi, containing the GlcNAc gene cluster, could grow on GlcNAc with the exception of four independent Neurospora crassa wild-type isolates, which were however able to grow on chitin...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728987/genetic-analysis-of-virulence-in-the-pyrenophora-teres-f-teres-population-bb25%C3%A3-fgoh04ptt-21
#19
Vaidehi M Koladia, Jonathan K Richards, Nathan A Wyatt, Justin D Faris, Robert S Brueggeman, Timothy L Friesen
Pyrenophora teres f. teres is the causal agent of net form net blotch (NFNB) of barley. In order to map the genetics of avirulence/virulence in P. teres f. teres, a fungal population was developed using P. teres f. teres isolates BB25 (Denmark) and FGOH04Ptt-21 (North Dakota, USA) due to these two isolates differing in virulence on several common barley lines. 109 progeny isolates were obtained from the BB25 by FGOH04Ptt-21 cross that were then used for NFNB disease evaluation across eight barley lines, four of which have been used commonly as NFNB differential lines as well as four cultivars commonly used in barley production in the Northern Great Plains...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694096/a-role-for-random-humidity-dependent-epiphytic-growth-prior-to-invasion-of-wheat-by-zymoseptoria-tritici
#20
Helen N Fones, Chris J Eyles, William Kay, Josh Cowper, Sarah J Gurr
Zymoseptoria tritici causes Septoria leaf blotch of wheat. The prevailing paradigm of the Z. tritici-wheat interaction assumes fungal ingress through stomata within 24-48h, followed by days of symptomless infection. This is extrapolated from studies testing the mode of fungal ingress under optimal infection conditions. Here, we explicitly assess the timing of entry, using GFP-tagged Z. tritici. We show that early entry is comparatively rare, and extended epiphytic growth possible. We test the hypotheses that our data diverge from earlier studies due to: i...
September 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
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