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Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648816/how-light-affects-the-life-of-botrytis
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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 22, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602830/phenotypic-analysis-of-newly-isolated-short-lifespan-neurospora-crassa-mutant-deficient-in-a-high-mobility-group-box-protein
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Ryouhei Yoshihara, ZhengHao Li, Keisuke Ishimori, Kazuki Kuwabara, Shin Hatakeyama, Shuuitsu Tanaka
To elucidate genetic mechanisms affecting the lifespan of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa, we attempted to identify a gene of which a defect causes a short-lifespan. By screening a Neurospora knockout library, provided by the Fungal Genetics Stock Center at Kansas State University, several KO strains with a short-lifespan were isolated. FGSC#11693 is one of these, which shows similar phenotypes to known Neurospora short-lifespan mutants as follows: 1) hyphal growth ceases after about 2weeks of cultivation, despite that of the wild-type continuing for over 2years, 2) viability of conidia is lower than that of the wild-type, and 3) high sensitivity to mutagens such as methyl methanesulfonate, ultraviolet radiation, and hydroxyl urea is exhibited...
June 8, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602831/species-boundaries-in-the-human-pathogen-paracoccidioides
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David A Turissini, Oscar M Gomez, Marcus M Teixeira, Juan G McEwen, Daniel R Matute
The use of molecular taxonomy for identifying recently diverged species has transformed the study of speciation in fungi. The pathogenic fungus Paracoccidioides spp has been hypothesized to be composed of five phylogenetic species, four of which compose the brasiliensis species complex. Nuclear gene genealogies support this divergence scenario, but mitochondrial loci do not; while all species from the brasiliensis complex are differentiated at nuclear coding loci, they are not at mitochondrial loci. We addressed the source of this incongruity using 11 previously published gene fragments, 10 newly-sequenced nuclear non-coding loci, and 10 microsatellites...
June 5, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579390/fluorescent-markers-of-various-organelles-in-the-wheat-pathogen-zymoseptoria-tritici
#4
S Kilaru, M Schuster, W Ma, G Steinberg
Development of novel strategies to control fungal plant pathogens requires understanding of their cellular organisation and biology. Live cell imaging of fluorescent organelle markers has provided valuable insight into various aspects of their cell biology, including invasion strategies in plant pathogenic fungi. Here, we introduce a set of 17 vectors that encode fluorescent markers to visualize the plasma membrane, endoplasmic reticulum (ER), chromosomes, the actin cytoskeleton, peroxisomes and autophagosomes in the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici...
June 1, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576657/wish-a-novel-cfem-gpcr-is-indispensable-for-surface-sensing-asexual-and-pathogenic-differentiation-in-rice-blast-fungus
#5
Nazmiara Sabnam, Subhankar Roy Barman
We have selected and characterized a unique Conserved Fungal-specific Extra-cellular Membrane-spanning (CFEM) domain containing PTH11 like G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR), which is responsible for Water wettability, Infection, Surface sensing and Hyper-conidiation (WISH). The pathogenicity gene WISH is predicted to encode a novel seven transmembrane protein in the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae, one of the deadliest pathogens of rice. We generated knockout mutants through a homologous recombination-based method to understand the function of the gene...
May 31, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559109/real-time-visualization-of-immune-cell-clearance-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-spores-and-hyphae
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Benjamin P Knox, Anna Huttenlocher, Nancy P Keller
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a disease of the immunocompromised host and generally caused by the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. While both host and fungal factors contribute to disease severity and outcome, there are fundamental features of IA development including fungal morphological transition from infectious conidia to tissue-penetrating hyphae as well as host defenses rooted in mechanisms of innate phagocyte function. Here we address recent advances in the field and use real-time in vivo imaging in the larval zebrafish to visually highlight conserved vertebrate innate immune behaviors including macrophage phagocytosis of conidia and neutrophil responses post-germination...
May 27, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552321/vital-role-for-cyclophilin-b-cypb-in-asexual-development-dimorphic-transition-and-virulence-of-beauveria-bassiana
#7
Zhen-Jian Chu, Huan-Huan Sun, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Cyclophilin B (CypB) was previously revealed as one of many putative secretory proteins in the transcriptome of Beauveria bassiana infection to a lepidopteran pest. Here we show a main localization of CypB in hyphal cell walls and septa and its essential role in the in vitro and in vivo asexual cycles of the fungal insect pathogen. Deletion of cypB reduced colony growth by 16-42% on two rich media and 30 scant media with different carbon or nitrogen sources. The deletion mutant suffered a delayed conidiation on a standard medium and a final 47% reduction in conidial yield, accompanied with drastic transcript depression of several key genes required for conidiation and conidial maturation...
May 25, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552364/rna-seq-analysis-of-the-role-of-calcium-chloride-stress-and-electron-transport-in-mitochondria-for-malachite-green-decolorization-by-aspergillus-niger
#8
Ola M Gomaa, Nabila S Selim, Josephine Wee, John E Linz
Aspergillus niger was previously demonstrated to decolorize the commercial dye malachite green (MG) and this process was enhanced under calcium chloride (CaCl2) treatment. Previous data also suggested that the decolorization process is related to mitochondrial cytochrome c. In the current work, we analyzed in depth the specific relationship between CaCl2 treatment and MG decolorization. Gene expression analysis (RNA Seq) using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) revealed up-regulation of 28 genes that are directly or indirectly associated with stress response functions as early as 30min of CaCl2 treatment; these data further strengthen our previous findings that CaCl2 treatment induces a stress response in A...
May 24, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512016/mechanism-of-action-of-amp-jsa9-a-li-f-type-antimicrobial-peptide-produced-by-paenibacillus-polymyxa-jsa-9-against-fusarium-moniliforme
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Jinzhi Han, Fang Wang, Peng Gao, Zhi Ma, Shengming Zhao, Zhaoxin Lu, Fengxia Lv, Xiaomei Bie
LI-F type peptides (AMP-jsa9) are a group of cyclic lipodepsipeptides that exhibit broad antimicrobial spectrum against Gram-positive bacteria and filamentous fungi. We sought to assess the toxicity of AMP-jsa9 and the mechanism of AMP-jsa9 action against Fusarium moniliforme. AMP-jsa9 exhibited weak hemolytic activity and weak cytotoxicity at antimicrobial concentrations (32μg/ml). Confocal laser microscopy, SEM, and TEM indicated that AMP-jsa9 primarily targets the cell wall, plasma membrane, and cytoskeleton, increases membranepermeability, and enhances cytoplasm leakage (e...
May 13, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442441/aspergillus-flavus-aswa-a-gene-homolog-of-aspergillus-nidulans-oefc-regulates-sclerotial-development-and-biosynthesis-of-sclerotium-associated-secondary-metabolites
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Perng-Kuang Chang, Leslie L Scharfenstein, Robert W Li, Natalia Arroyo-Manzanares, Sarah De Saeger, José Diana Di Mavungu
Aspergillus flavus aswA (AFLA_085170) is a gene encoding a Zn(II)2Cys6 DNA-binding domain and a transcriptional activation domain, DUF3468. Disruption of aswA yielded strains that made a truncated gene transcript and generated a fungus that produced a greatly increased number of sclerotia. These sclerotia were odd-shaped and non-pigmented (white) and different from oval and pigmented (dark brown to black) mature sclerotia. Transcriptomic analysis of the ΔaswA strain grown on potato dextrose agar plates and Wickerham agar plates showed that expression of clustering genes involved in the biosynthesis of three sclerotium-associated secondary metabolites was down-regulated...
April 22, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438577/genomic-cg-dinucleotide-deficiencies-associated-with-transposable-element-hypermutation-in-basidiomycetes-some-lower-fungi-a-moss-and-a-clubmoss
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A John Clutterbuck
Many Basidiomycete genomes include substantial fractions that are deficient in CG dinucleotides, in extreme cases amounting to 70% of the genome. CG deficiency is variable and correlates with genome size and, more closely, with transposable element (TE) content. Many species have limited CG deficiency; it is therefore likely that there are other mechanisms that can control TE proliferation. Examination of TEs confirms that C-to-T transition mutations in CG dinucleotides may comprise a conspicuous proportion of differences between paired elements, however transition/transversion ratios are never as high as those due to RIP in some Ascomycetes, suggesting that repeat-associated CG mutation is not totally pervasive...
April 21, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435030/the-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-glslt2-regulates-fungal-growth-fruiting-body-development-cell-wall-integrity-oxidative-stress-and-ganoderic-acid-biosynthesis-in-ganoderma-lucidum
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Guang Zhang, Zehua Sun, Ang Ren, Liang Shi, Dengke Shi, Xiongbiao Li, Mingwen Zhao
The mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are crucial signaling instruments in eukaryotes that play key roles in regulating fungal growth, development, and secondary metabolism and in adapting to the environment. In this study, we characterized an Slt2-type MAPK in Ganoderma lucidum, GlSlt2, which was transcriptionally induced during the primordium and fruiting body stages. RNA interference was used to examine the function of GlSlt2. Knockdown of GlSlt2 caused defects in growth and increased hyphal branching as well as hypersensitivity to cell wall-disturbing substances...
April 18, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427933/high-molecular-weight-genomic-dna-mini-prep-for-filamentous-fungi
#13
Mi-Kyung Lee, Hee-Soo Park, Kap-Hoon Han, Seung-Beom Hong, Jae-Hyuk Yu
Purification of high quality genomic DNA (gDNA) from filamentous fungi suitable for whole genome sequencing has previously involved many steps. Here, we report a simple and easy-to-follow mini-preparation protocol for high molecular weight (∼20kb) gDNA from filamentous fungi including Aspergillus and Eurotium. This comprehensive protocol includes graphic step-by-step instructions for inoculation, homogenization, and purification of gDNA. The most critical step is a thorough 3-5min homogenization of the freeze-dried mycelium using a motorized hand-held homogenizer with a mini spatula inserted...
April 18, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412478/mitochondrial-and-peroxisomal-lon-proteases-play-opposing-roles-in-reproduction-and-growth-but-co-function-in-the-normal-development-stress-resistance-and-longevity-of-thermomyces-lanuginosus
#14
Xiao Cui, Yi Wei, Xiang-Li Xie, Li-Na Chen, Shi-Hong Zhang
The ATP-dependent Lon enzyme is a highly conserved protease with multiple roles in diverse species such as fungi; however, there are few reports on Lon enzymes in filamentous fungi. Thermomyces lanuginosus, a typical thermophilic fungus, has been widely studied in physiology and cell biology; thus, studies on Thermomyces Lons are important. Two Lons were bioinformatically deduced in T. lanuginosus. Subcellular localization analysis showed that one is present in mitochondria (MLon), while the other is found in peroxisomes (PLon)...
June 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392426/population-genetic-structure-and-mycotoxin-potential-of-the-wheat-crown-rot-and-head-blight-pathogen-fusarium-culmorum-in-algeria
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Imane Laraba, Houda Boureghda, Nora Abdallah, Oussama Bouaicha, Friday Obanor, Antonio Moretti, David M Geiser, Hye-Seon Kim, Susan P McCormick, Robert H Proctor, Amy C Kelly, Todd J Ward, Kerry O'Donnell
Surveys for crown rot (FCR) and head blight (FHB) of Algerian wheat conducted during 2014 and 2015 revealed that Fusarium culmorum strains producing 3-acetyl-deoxynivalenol (3ADON) or nivalenol (NIV) were the causal agents of these important diseases. Morphological identification of the isolates (n FCR=110, n FHB=30) was confirmed by sequencing a portion of TEF1. To assess mating type idiomorph, trichothecene chemotype potential and global population structure, the Algerian strains were compared with preliminary sample of F...
June 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376389/identification-and-characterization-of-the-verticillin-biosynthetic-gene-cluster-in-clonostachys-rogersoniana
#16
Ying Wang, Pengjie Hu, Yuanyuan Pan, Yaxin Zhu, Xingzhong Liu, Yongsheng Che, Gang Liu
Verticillin is one of the dimeric epipolythiodioxopiperazines (ETPs) which are toxic secondary metabolites produced only by fungi. ETPs have received substantial attention since its complex molecular architecture and a wide range of biological activities. Although biosynthesis of the monomeric gliotoxin has been studied extensively, the biosynthetic pathway of dimeric ETPs is far from being studied. To investigate the biosynthesis of dimeric ETPs and expand our understanding of their dimerization, the verticillin biosynthetic gene cluster (ver) was identified and cloned from a genomic DNA fosmid library of the Cordyceps-colonizing fungus Clonostachys rogersoniana with the designed primers based on the sequence of a nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) ChaP which was predicted to be responsible for chaetocin biosynthesis in Chaetomium virescens...
June 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351675/spatial-organization-of-organelles-in-fungi-insights-from-mathematical-modelling
#17
Congping Lin, Gero Steinberg
Mathematical modelling in cellular systems aims to describe biological processes in a quantitative manner. Most accurate modelling is based on robust experimental data. Here we review recent progress in the theoretical description of motor behaviour, early endosome motility, ribosome distribution and peroxisome transport in the fungal model system Ustilago maydis and illustrate the power of modelling in our quest to understand molecular details and cellular roles of membrane trafficking in filamentous fungi...
June 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336393/contributions-of-%C3%AE-tubulin-to-cellular-morphology-sporulation-and-virulence-in-the-insect-fungal-pathogen-metarhizium-acridum
#18
Jie Zhang, Kai Jin, Yuxian Xia
β-tubulin is an elementary subunit of microtubules that form the cytoskeleton, participating in a wide range of cellular processes. The contributions of the single β-tubulin gene in affecting cell morphology, sporulation and virulence were examined in the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium acridum. Targeted gene knockout of β-tubulin resulted in resistance to benomyl but impaired proper nuclear segregation, lipid droplet transport, and deposition of chitin to the cell wall. M. acridum β-tubulin mutants displayed wavy hyphal growth and densely packed, wrinkled colonies...
June 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315405/location-and-functional-analysis-of-the-aspergillus-nidulans-aurora-kinase-confirm-mitotic-functions-and-suggest-non-mitotic-roles
#19
Colin P De Souza, Shahr B Hashmi, Natalie Hage, Rebecca M Fitch, Aysha H Osmani, Stephen A Osmani
Filamentous fungi have devastating negative impacts as pathogens and agents of food spoilage but also have critical ecological importance and are utilized for industrial applications. The characteristic multinucleate nature of filamentous fungi is facilitated by limiting if, when and where septation, the fungal equivalent of cytokinesis, occurs. In the model filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans septation does not occur immediately after mitosis and is an incomplete process resulting in the formation of a septal pore whose permeability is cell cycle regulated...
June 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554485/microbial-interactions
#20
EDITORIAL
Isabelle Benoit Gelber, R P de Vries, A Tsang
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