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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093309/paracoccidioides-spp-catalases-and-their-role-in-antioxidant-defense-against-host-defense-responses
#1
Diana Tamayo, José F Muñoz, Agostinho J Almeida, Juan D Puerta, Ángela Restrepo, Christina A Cuomo, Juan G McEwen, Orville Hernández
Dimorphic human pathogenic fungi interact with host effector cells resisting their microbicidal mechanisms. Yeast cells are able of surviving within the tough environment of the phagolysosome by expressing an antioxidant defense system that provides protection against host-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS). This includes the production of catalases (CATs). Here we identified and analyzed the role of CAT isoforms in Paracoccidioides, the etiological agent of paracoccidioidomycosis. Firstly, we found that one of these isoforms was absent in the closely related dimorphic pathogen Coccidioides and dermatophytes, but all of them were conserved in Paracoccidioides, Histoplasma and Blastomyces species...
January 13, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089933/hfb7-a-novel-orphan-hydrophobin-of-the-harzianum-and-virens-clades-of-trichoderma-is-involved-in-response-to-biotic-and-abiotic-stresses
#2
Agnes Przylucka, Gunseli Bayram Akcapinar, Komal Chenthamara, Feng Cai, Marica Grujuc, Juriy Karpenko, Miriam Livoi, Qirong Shen, Christian P Kubicek, Irina S Druzhinina
Hydrophobins are small secreted cysteine-rich proteins exclusively found in fungi. They are able to self-assemble in single molecular layers at hydrophobic-hydrophilic interfaces and can therefore be directly involved in establishment of fungi in their habitat. The genomes of filamentous mycotrophic fungi Trichoderma encode a rich diversity of hydrophobins, which are divided in several groups based on their structure and evolution. Here we describe a new member of class II hydrophobins, HFB7, that has a taxonomically restricted occurrence in Harzianum and Virens clades of Trichoderma...
January 12, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089630/the-aspergillus-nidulans-pbp1-homolog-is-required-for-normal-sexual-development-and-secondary-metabolism
#3
Alexandra A Soukup, Gregory J Fischer, Jerry Luo, Nancy P Keller
P bodies and stress granules are RNA-containing structures governing mRNA degradation and translational arrest, respectively. Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pbp1protein localizes to stress granules and promotes their formation and is involved in proper polyadenylation, suppression of RNA-DNA hybrids, and preventing aberrant rDNA recombination. A genetic screen for Aspergillus nidulans mutants aberrant in secondary metabolism identified the Pbp1 homolog, PbpA. Using Dcp1 (mRNA decapping) as a marker for P-body formation and FabM (Pab1, poly-A binding protein) to track stress granule accumulation, we examine the dynamics of RNA granule formation in A...
January 9, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089629/a-rack1-like-protein-regulates-hyphal-morphogenesis-root-entry-and-in-vivo-virulence-in-verticillium-dahlia
#4
Lei Yuan, Yaxin Su, Shuai Zhou, Yigao Feng, Wangzhen Guo, Xinyu Wang
To identify key genes expressed in Verticillium dahliae in early stages of infection of cotton roots, spore suspensions of eight V. dahliae isolates with different virulence levels were induced by cotton roots and genes expressed in these isolates during the early stages of infection were profiled. A gene that was differentially expressed between highly and less virulent strains was identified. Cloning and bioinformatics analysis of the gene suggested that it belongs to the putative Gβ-like/RACK1 protein family, and has seven WD40 domains...
January 9, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089076/comparative-analyses-of-secreted-proteins-in-plant-pathogenic-smut-fungi-and-related-basidiomycetes
#5
Mariana Schuster, Gabriel Schweizer, Regine Kahmann
In the ten years since the genome sequence of the basidiomycete corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis was published, additional genomes of smut species infecting different hosts became available. In addition, the genomes of related Malassezia species causing skin diseases and of Pseudozyma species not known to infect plants were determined. As secreted proteins are critical virulence determinants in U. maydis we compare here the secretomes of 12 basidiomycete species to gain information about their composition and conservation...
January 6, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064039/roles-of-an-n-terminal-coiled-coil-containing-domain-in-the-localization-and-function-of-bem3-a-rho-gtpase-activating-protein-in-budding-yeast
#6
Wen-Chao Nie, Fei He, Si-Min Yuan, Zhi-Wen Jia, Rui-Rui Wang, Xiang-Dong Gao
GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs) play critical roles in the spatial and temporal control of small GTPases. The budding yeast Bem3 is a GAP for Cdc42, a Rho GTPase crucial for actin and septin organization. Bem3 localizes to the sites of polarized growth. However, the amino acid sequence determinants mediating recruitment of Bem3 to its physiological sites of action and those important for Bem3 function are not clear. Here, we show that Bem3's localization is guided by two distinct targeting regions-the PX-PH-domain-containing TD1 and the coiled-coil-containing TD2...
January 4, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064038/characterization-of-hexose-transporters-in-yarrowia-lipolytica-reveals-new-groups-of-sugar-porters-involved-in-yeast-growth
#7
Zbigniew Lazar, Cécile Neuvéglise, Tristan Rossignol, Hugo Devillers, Nicolas Morin, Małgorzata Robak, Jean-Marc Nicaud, Anne-Marie Crutz-Le Coq
Sugar assimilation has been intensively studied in the model yeast S. cerevisiae, and for two decades, it has been clear that the homologous HXT genes, which encode a set of hexose transporters, play a central role in this process. However, in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica, which is well-known for its biotechnological applications, sugar assimilation is only poorly understood, even though this yeast exhibits peculiar intra-strain differences in fructose uptake: some strains (e.g., W29) are known to be slow-growing in fructose while others (e...
January 4, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040530/correlation-of-cell-surface-proteins-of-distinct-beauveria-bassiana-cell-types-and-adaption-to-varied-environment-and-interaction-with-the-host-insect-cell-surface-associated-proteins-of-b-bassiana
#8
Zhi Yang, Hongyan Jiang, Xin Zhao, Zhuoyue Lu, Zhibing Luo, Xuebing Li, Jing Zhao, Yongjun Zhang
The insect fungal pathogen Beauveria bassiana produces a number of distinct cell types that include aerial conidia, blastospores and haemolymph-derived cells, termed hyphal bodies, to adapt varied environment niches and within the host insect. These cells display distinct biochemical properties and surface structures, and a highly ordered outermost brush-like structure uniquely present on hyphal bodies, but not on any in vitro cells. Here, we found that the outermost structure on the hyphal bodies mainly consisted of proteins associated to structural wall components in that most of it could be removed by dithiothreitol (DTT) or proteinase K...
December 28, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034799/impact-of-biotic-and-abiotic-factors-on-the-expression-of-fungal-effector-encoding-genes-in-axenic-growth-conditions
#9
Michel Meyer, Salim Bourras, Julie Gervais, Karine Labadie, Corinne Cruaud, Marie-Hélène Balesdent, Thierry Rouxel
In phytopathogenic fungi, the expression of hundreds of small secreted protein (SSP)-encoding genes is induced upon primary infection of plants while no or a low level of expression is observed during vegetative growth. In some species such as Leptosphaeria maculans, this coordinated in-planta upregulation of SSP-encoding genes expression relies on an epigenetic control but the signals triggering gene expression in-planta are unknown. In the present study, biotic and abiotic factors that may relieve suppression of SSP-encoding gene expression during axenic growth of L...
December 26, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034798/phospholipid-flippases-dnfa-and-dnfb-exhibit-differential-dynamics-within-the-a-nidulans-spitzenk%C3%A3-rper
#10
Zachary Schultzhaus, Wenhui Zheng, Zonghua Wang, Rosa Mouriño-Pérez, Brian Shaw
The Spitzenkörper is a structure at the apex of growing cells in many filamentous fungi. Ultrastructural studies indicate that the Spitzenkörper is an organized mass of secretory vesicles, with different types of vesicles present in outer and inner layers. Here, we used live-cell imaging to demonstrate that the phospholipid flippases DnfA and DnfB, which preferentially localize to the outer and inner layers, respectively, exhibit different dynamics in the Spitzenkörper of Aspergillus nidulans. Additionally, deletion of dnfA partially destabilized the Spitzenkörper, while the depletion of cdc50, an essential β-subunit of most flippases, had dramatic effects on hyphal tip organization and morphology...
December 26, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027951/mutation-of-area-affects-growth-sporulation-nitrogen-regulation-and-pathogenicity-in-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
#11
Fangcheng Bi, Dana Ment, Neta Luria, Xiangchun Meng, Dov Prusky
The GATA transcription factor AreA is a global nitrogen regulator that restricts the utilization of complex and poor nitrogen sources in the presence of good nitrogen sources in microorganisms. In this study, we report the biological function of an AreA homolog (the CgareA gene) in the fruit postharvest pathogen Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Targeted gene deletion mutants of areA exhibited significant reductions in vegetative growth, increases in conidia production, and slight decreases in conidial germination rates...
December 25, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011319/effect-of-vacuolar-atpase-subunit-h-vmah-on-cellular-ph-asexual-cycle-stress-tolerance-and-virulence-in-beauveria-bassiana
#12
Jing Zhu, Xiao-Guan Zhu, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Vacuolar ATPase (V-ATPase) is a conserved multi-subunit protein complex that mediates intracellular acidification in fungi. Here we show functional diversity of V-ATPase subunit H (BbVmaH) in Beauveria bassiana, a filamentous fungal insect pathogen. Deletion of BbvmaH resulted in elevated vacuolar pH, increased Ca(2+) level in cytosol but not in vacuoles, accelerated culture acidification and reduced accumulation of extracellular ammonia. Aerial conidiation and submerged blastospore production were largely delayed and reduced in the deletion mutant, respectively, accompanied with a significant delay in conidial germination, alterations of conidia and blastospores in morphology, size and/or density, and severe growth defects in minimal media with different carbon and nitrogen sources...
December 21, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011318/maturation-of-conidia-on-conidiophores-of-aspergillus-niger
#13
Wieke R Teertstra, Martin Tegelaar, Jan Dijksterhuis, Elena A Golovina, Robin A Ohm, Han A B Wösten
Conidia of Aspergillus niger are produced on conidiophores. Here, maturation of conidia on these asexual reproductive structures was studied. Pigmented conidia that had developed on conidiophores for 2, 5, and 8days were similarly resistant to heat and were metabolically active as shown by CO2 release and conversion of the metabolic probe Tempone. A total number of 645-2421 genes showed a ⩾2-fold change in expression when 2-day-old conidia were compared to 5- and 8-day-old spores. Melanin was extracted more easily from the cell wall of 2-day-old conidia when compared to the older spores...
December 21, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939344/a-puf-rna-binding-protein-encoding-gene-plm90-regulates-the-sexual-and-asexual-life-stages-of-the-litchi-downy-blight-pathogen-peronophythora-litchii
#14
Liqun Jiang, Wenwu Ye, Junjian Situ, Yubin Chen, Xinyu Yang, Guanghui Kong, Yaya Liu, Runyanga J Tinashe, Pinggen Xi, Yuanchao Wang, Zide Jiang
Sexual and asexual reproduction are two key processes in the pathogenic cycle of many filamentous pathogens. However in Peronophythora litchii, the causal pathogen for the litchi downy blight disease, critical regulator(s) of sexual or asexual differentiation has not been elucidated. In this study, we cloned a gene named PlM90 from P. litchii, which encodes a putative Puf RNA-binding protein. We found that PlM90 was highly expressed during asexual development, and much higher than that during sexual development, while relatively lower during cyst germination and plant infection...
December 7, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919652/sequencing-of-individual-chromosomes-of-plant-pathogenic-fusarium-oxysporum
#15
Takeshi Kashiwa, Toshinori Kozaki, Kazuo Ishii, B Gillian Turgeon, Tohru Teraoka, Ken Komatsu, Tsutomu Arie
A small chromosome in reference isolate 4287 of F. oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici (Fol) has been designated as a 'pathogenicity chromosome' because it carries several pathogenicity related genes such as the Secreted In Xylem (SIX) genes. Sequence assembly of small chromosomes in other isolates, based on a reference genome template, is difficult because of karyotype variation among isolates and a high number of sequences associated with transposable elements. These factors often result in misassembly of sequences, making it unclear whether other isolates possess the same pathogenicity chromosome harboring SIX genes as in the reference isolate...
December 2, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915049/csn1201-a-subunit-of-the-cop9-signalosome-regulates-the-virulence-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-infection
#16
Yibin Fan, Xiaohua Tao, Weili Pan, Wei Fang, Youming Huang, Mingyan Jia
The COP9 signalosome (CSN) is a multisubunit protein complex, and it now has been found to participate in diverse cellular and developmental processes in various eukaryotic organisms. Cryptococcus neoformans (C. neoformans) is an important basidiomycete pathogen that causes life-threatening meningoencephalitis primarily in the immune compromised population. Here, we generated CSN deletion mutants to investigate the role in Cryptococcus infection. Compared to other CSN mutants, we identified a CSN1201 mutant exhibited severely attenuated virulence...
November 30, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903443/biochemical-and-genetic-basis-of-orsellinic-acid-biosynthesis-and-prenylation-in-a-stereaceous-basidiomycete
#17
Jana Braesel, Janis Fricke, Daniel Schwenk, Dirk Hoffmeister
The prenylphenols are a class of natural products that have been frequently isolated from basidiomycetes, e.g., from the genus Stereum (false turkey tail fungi) and other Russulales as well as from ascomycetes. Biosynthetically, these compounds are considered hybrids, as the orsellinic acid moiety is a polyketide and the prenyl side chain originates from the terpene metabolism, although no literature on the genetic and biochemical background of the biosynthesis is available. In a stereaceous basidiomycete, referred to as BY1, a new prenylphenol, now termed cloquetin, was identified and its structure elucidated by mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy...
November 27, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890627/nuclear-dynamics-during-ascospore-germination-in-sordaria-macrospora
#18
Ines Teichert
The ascomycete Sordaria macrospora has a long history as a model organism for studying fungal sexual development. Starting from an ascospore, sexual fruiting bodies (perithecia) develop within seven days and discharge new ascospores. Sexual development has been studied in detail, revealing genes required for perithecium formation and ascospore germination. However, the germination process per se has not yet been examined. Here I analyze nuclear dynamics during ascospore germination using a fluorescently labeled histone...
November 23, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890626/the-appressorium-of-the-rice-blast-fungus-magnaporthe-oryzae-remains-mitotically-active-during-post-penetration-hyphal-growth
#19
Cory B Jenkinson, Kiersun Jones, Jie Zhu, Sara Dorhmi, Chang Hyun Khang
To investigate the mitotic dynamics of an appressorium, we used live-cell confocal imaging of a fluorescence-based mitotic reporter strain of Magnaporthe oryzae. We present evidence that the M. oryzae appressorium remains viable and mitotically active well after host penetration. These results suggest the potential roles of the appressorium during post-penetration proliferation of invasive hyphae. Our studies also revealed that a mitotic appressorial nucleus undergoes extreme constriction and elongation as it migrates through the penetration peg in a manner analogous to mitosis during cell-to-cell movement of invasive hyphae...
November 23, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876630/disruptions-of-the-genes-involved-in-lysine-biosynthesis-iron-acquisition-and-secondary-metabolisms-affect-virulence-and-fitness-in-metarhizium-robertsii
#20
Bruno Giuliano Garisto Donzelli, B Gillian Turgeon, Donna M Gibson, Stuart B Krasnoff
Based on genomic analysis, polyketide synthase (PKS) and nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) pathways account for biosynthesis of the majority of the secondary metabolites produced by the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii. To evaluate the contribution of these pathways to M. robertsii fitness and/or virulence, mutants deleted for mrpptA, the Sfp-type 4' phosphopantetheinyl transferase gene required for their activation were generated. ΔmrpptA strains were deficient in PKS and NRPS activity resulting in colonies that lacked the typical green pigment and failed to produce the nonribosomal peptides (destruxins, serinocylins, and the siderophores ferricrocin and metachelins) as well as the hybrid polyketide-peptides (NG-39x) that are all produced by the wild type (WT) M...
November 19, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
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