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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29410210/characterization-of-three-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-kinase-like-proteins-in-beauveria-bassiana
#1
Jing Liu, Huan-Huan Sun, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Pbs2, Mkk1 and Ste7 orthologs are three mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) kinases (MAPKKs) acting as checkpoints of the Hog1, Slt2 and Fus3 MAPK cascades that constitute major parts of fungal signaling network. Here, we show that three other MAPKK-like proteins (Mkk4/5/6) exist in Beauveria bassiana and other entomopathogenic or non-entomopathogenic fungi but lack in yeasts and aspergilli, and elucidate how they function in the fungal insect pathogen. Based on phenotypic defects of single-, double- and triple-deletion mutants, Mkk4, Mkk5 and Mkk6 played collaborative or independent roles in sustaining radial growth on various media, conidiation capacity, conidial germination, conidial UV-B resistance, and/or virulence...
February 2, 2018: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29359265/heterologous-expression-of-oenococcus-oeni-shsp20-confers-temperature-stress-tolerance-in-escherichia-coli
#2
Yan Li, Xiaoguang Xu, Rui Qu, Guoqiang Zhang, Muhammad Shahid Riaz Rajoka, Dongyan Shao, Chunmei Jiang, Junling Shi
Small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) are heat shock proteins sized 12-43 kDa that can protect proteins from denaturation, particularly under high temperature; sHSPs thus increase the heat tolerance capability of an organisms enabling survival in adverse climates. sHSP20 is overexpressed in Oenococcus oeni in response to low temperatures. However, we found that overexpression of sHSP20 in Escherichia coli BL21 increased the microbial survival ratio at 50 °C by almost 2 h. Adding sHSP20 to the glutamate dehydrogenase solution significantly increased the stability of the enzyme at high temperature (especially at 60-70 °C), low pH values (especially below 6...
January 22, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275430/the-histone-acetyltransferase-mst2-sustains-the-biological-control-potential-of-a-fungal-insect-pathogen-through-transcriptional-regulation
#3
Juan-Juan Wang, Qing Cai, Lei Qiu, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Histone lysine acetylation orchestrates transcriptional activity essential for diverse cellular events across organisms, but it remains poorly understood how an acetylated lysine affects cellular functions in filamentous fungal pathogens. Here, we show the functions of a histone acetyltransferase that is phylogenetically close to Mst2 in fission yeast and specifically acetylates histone H3K14 in Beauveria bassiana, a fungal insect pathogen widely applied in arthropod pest management. Deletion of mst2 in B. bassiana resulted in moderate growth defects on rich and minimal media, delayed conidiation, and drastic reduction (75%) in conidiation capacity under normal culture conditions...
December 23, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243020/effect-of-1064-nm-q-switched-nd-yag-laser-on-invasiveness-and-innate-immune-response-in-keratinocytes-infected-with-candida-albicans
#4
Baroni Adone, De Filippis Anna, Oliviero Giovanni, Fusco Alessandra, Perfetto Brunella, Buommino Elisabetta, Donnarumma Giovanna
Candida albicans is an opportunistic pathogen commensal in the oral cavity, vagina, and healthy skin. Common therapeutic options for fungal infections are topical or systemic antifungal drugs. Recently, in cutaneous pathologies, lasers and light-based treatments have emerged showing few contraindications and minimal side effects. The Q-switched (Nd-YAG) laser at a wavelength of 1064 nm has been shown to be useful in dermatology, dentistry, and some other medical specialties. It is used to treat onychomycoses, warts, and wounds and in some other treatments...
December 14, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146915/transcriptional-profiling-provides-new-insights-into-the-role-of-nitric-oxide-in-enhancing-ganoderma-oregonense-resistance-to-heat-stress
#5
Cheng Chen, Qiang Li, Qiangfeng Wang, Daihua Lu, Hong Zhang, Jian Wang, Rongtao Fu
Ganoderma is well known for its use in traditional Chinese medicine and is widely cultivated in China, Korea, and Japan. Increased temperatures associated with global warming are negatively influencing the growth and development of Ganoderma. Nitric oxide is reported to play an important role in alleviating fungal heat stress (HS). However, the transcriptional profiling of Ganoderma oregonense in response to HS, as well as the transcriptional response regulated by NO to cope with HS has not been reported. We used RNA-Seq technology to generate large-scale transcriptome data from G...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955361/gaining-insight-into-exclusive-and-common-transcriptomic-features-linked-with-biotic-stress-responses-in-malus
#6
Bipin Balan, Tiziano Caruso, Federico Martinelli
Identifying key information in transcriptomic data is very important, especially when the "omic" study deals with plant responses to stresses in field conditions where a high number of variables and disturbing factors may affect the analysis. In this meta-analysis we collected 12 transcriptomic works in Malus in order to identify which key genes, proteins, gene categories are involved in general plant pathological conditions and those features linked with exclusive biotic stress responses. Those genes that are only related with molecular responses to pathogen attacks and those linked with other plant physiological processes were identified...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927934/the-calcium-binding-protein-epann-from-the-lichenized-fungus-endocarpon-pusillum-enhances-stress-tolerance-in-yeast-and-plants
#7
Yongli Zhang, Hui Li, Yanyan Wang, Jiangchun Wei
Annexins are calcium-phospholipid binding proteins that play a significant role in the Ca(2+)signaling pathway. These proteins are essential for plants to effectively respond to abiotic stresses. However, their functions and mechanisms remain largely unknown in fungi. In this study, an annexin gene, Epann, was cloned from the lichenized fungus Endocarpon pusillum, a drought resistant organism. Our results showed that Epann was induced by several abiotic stresses in E. pusillum. Heterologous expression of the Epann gene enhanced the stress tolerance of Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
September 18, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904958/transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-genes-mediating-salt-tolerance-through-calcineurin-ccha-independent-signaling-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#8
Sha Wang, Hongchang Zhou, Jun Wu, Jiangyu Han, Shasha Li, Shengwen Shao
Adaptation to changes in the environment is crucial for the viability of all organisms. Although the importance of calcineurin in the stress response has been highlighted in filamentous fungi, little is known about the involvement of ion-responsive genes and pathways in conferring salt tolerance without calcium signaling. In this study, high-throughput RNA-seq was used to investigate salt stress-induced genes in the parent, ΔcnaB, and ΔcnaBΔcchA strains of Aspergillus nidulans, which differ greatly in salt adaption...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884011/adaptation-to-macrophage-killing-by-talaromyces-marneffei
#9
REVIEW
Monsicha Pongpom, Pramote Vanittanakom, Panjaphorn Nimmanee, Chester R Cooper, Nongnuch Vanittanakom
Talaromyces (Penicillium) marneffei is an important opportunistic fungal pathogen. It causes disseminated infection in immunocompromised patients especially in Southeast Asian countries. The pathogenicity of T. marneffei depends on the ability of the fungus to survive the killing process and replicate inside the macrophage. Major stresses inside the phagosome of macrophages are heat, oxidative substances and nutrient deprivation. The coping strategies of this pathogen with these stresses are under investigation...
August 2017: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783748/heat-shock-protein-90-localizes-to-the-surface-and-augments-virulence-factors-of-cryptococcus-neoformans
#10
Sharanya Chatterjee, Utpal Tatu
BACKGROUND: Thermotolerance is an essential attribute for pathogenesis of Cryptococcus as exemplified by the fact that only two species in the genus, which can grow at 37°C, are human pathogens. Species which have other virulence factors including capsule formation and melanisation, but lack the ability to propagate at 37°C are not pathogenic. In another related fungal pathogen, Candida albicans, heat shock protein 90 has been implicated to be a central player in commanding pathogenicity by governing yeast to hyphal transition and drug resistance...
August 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766034/the-hog1-like-mapk-mpk3-collaborates-with-hog1-in-response-to-heat-shock-and-functions-in-sustaining-the-biological-control-potential-of-a-fungal-insect-pathogen
#11
Jing Liu, Huan-Huan Sun, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) Mpk3/MpkC resembles the MAPK Hog1 but does not necessarily function in some filamentous fungi. Here, we compared functions of Mpk3 and Hog1 in Beauveria bassiana, a filamentous fungal insect pathogen, by multi-phenotypic analyses of their single/double deletion mutants. Growth defects of Δmpk3 were moderate on all 14 minimal media with different carbon or nitrogen sources and less severe than those of Δhog1 on most media tested. The double deletion mutant suffered significantly more severe growth defects than those observed in Δmpk3 and Δhog1, suggesting overlapping and collaborative roles of Mpk3 and Hog1 in uptake of six carbon and four nitrogen sources during normal growth...
August 2, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721857/stress-adaptation
#12
Alistair J P Brown, Leah E Cowen, Antonio di Pietro, Janet Quinn
Fungal species display an extraordinarily diverse range of lifestyles. Nevertheless, the survival of each species depends on its ability to sense and respond to changes in its natural environment. Environmental changes such as fluctuations in temperature, water balance or pH, or exposure to chemical insults such as reactive oxygen and nitrogen species exert stresses that perturb cellular homeostasis and cause molecular damage to the fungal cell. Consequently, fungi have evolved mechanisms to repair this damage, detoxify chemical insults, and restore cellular homeostasis...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702937/genetic-engineering-strategies-for-biotic-and-abiotic-stress-tolerance-and-quality-enhancement-in-horticultural-crops-a-comprehensive-review
#13
REVIEW
Nehanjali Parmar, Kunwar Harendra Singh, Deepika Sharma, Lal Singh, Pankaj Kumar, J Nanjundan, Yasin Jeshima Khan, Devendra Kumar Chauhan, Ajay Kumar Thakur
Genetic engineering technique offers myriads of applications in improvement of horticultural crops for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, and produce quality enhancement. During last two decades, a large number of transgenic horticultural crops has been developed and more are underway. A number of genes including natural and synthetic Cry genes, protease inhibitors, trypsin inhibitors and cystatin genes have been used to incorporate insect and nematode resistance. For providing protection against fungal and bacterial diseases, various genes like chitinase, glucanase, osmotin, defensin and pathogenesis-related genes are being transferred to many horticultural crops world over...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686685/comparative-proteomic-analysis-of-gib2-validating-its-adaptor-function-in-cryptococcus-neoformans
#14
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Gillian O Bruni, Blake Battle, Ben Kelly, Zhengguang Zhang, Ping Wang
Cryptococcus neoformans causes often-fatal fungal meningoencephalitis in immunocompromised individuals. While the exact disease mechanisms remain elusive, signal transduction pathways mediated by key elements such as G-protein α subunit Gpa1, small GTPase Ras1, and atypical Gβ-like/RACK1 protein Gib2 are known to play important roles in C. neoformans virulence. Gib2 is important for normal growth, differentiation, and pathogenicity, and it also positively regulates cAMP levels in conjunction with Gpa1. Interestingly, Gib2 displays a scaffold protein property by interacting with a wide variety of cellular proteins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651026/binding-of-human-plasminogen-and-high-molecular-mass-kininogen-by-cell-surface-exposed-proteins-of-candida-parapsilosis
#15
Justyna Karkowska-Kuleta, Dorota Zajac, Grazyna Bras, Oliwia Bochenska, Maria Rapala-Kozik, Andrzej Kozik
Pathogenic microbes can recruit to their cell surface human proteins that are components of important proteolytic cascades involved in coagulation, fibrinolysis and innate immune response. Once located at the bacterial or fungal surface, such deployed proteins might be utilized by pathogens to facilitate invasion and dissemination within the host organism by interfering with functionality of these systems or by exploiting specific activity of the bound enzymes. Aim of the study presented here was to characterize this phenomenon in Candida parapsilosis (Ashford) Langeron et Talice - an important causative agent of systemic fungal infections (candidiases and candidemias) in humans...
2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552321/vital-role-for-cyclophilin-b-cypb-in-asexual-development-dimorphic-transition-and-virulence-of-beauveria-bassiana
#16
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...
August 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484941/proteomics-as-a-tool-to-identify-new-targets-against-aspergillus-and-scedosporium-in-the-context-of-cystic-fibrosis
#17
Andoni Ramirez-Garcia, Aize Pellon, Idoia Buldain, Aitziber Antoran, Aitana Arbizu-Delgado, Xabier Guruceaga, Aitor Rementeria, Fernando L Hernando
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that increases the risk of suffering microbial, including fungal, infections. In this paper, proteomics-based information was collated relating to secreted and cell wall proteins with potential medical applications from the most common filamentous fungi in CF, i.e., Aspergillus and Scedosporium/Lomentospora species. Among the Aspergillus fumigatus secreted allergens, β-1,3-endoglucanase, the alkaline protease 1 (Alp1/oryzin), Asp f 2, Asp f 13/15, chitinase, chitosanase, dipeptidyl-peptidase V (DppV), the metalloprotease Asp f 5, mitogillin/Asp f 1, and thioredoxin reductase receive a special mention...
May 8, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465686/the-effect-of-fermented-lingonberry-juice-on-candida-glabrata-intracellular-protein-expression
#18
Pirjo Pärnänen, Ali Nawaz, Timo Sorsa, Jukka Meurman, Pirjo Nikula-Ijäs
Lingonberries have a long traditional use in treating fungal infections on mucosal membranes, but very little is known about the exact antifungal mechanisms. We tested the effects of fermented lingonberry juice on Candida glabrata intracellular protein expression. A Candida glabrata clinical strain was grown in the presence of fermented lingonberry juice (FLJ). Also the effect of lowered pH was tested. Intracellular protein expression levels were analyzed by the 2D-DIGE method. Six proteins detected with ≥1...
2017: International Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401337/rrm-domain-of-arabidopsis-splicing-factor-sf1-is-important-for-pre-mrna-splicing-of-a-specific-set-of-genes
#19
Keh Chien Lee, Yun Hee Jang, Soon-Kap Kim, Hyo-Young Park, May Phyo Thu, Jeong Hwan Lee, Jeong-Kook Kim
The RNA recognition motif of Arabidopsis splicing factor SF1 affects the alternative splicing of FLOWERING LOCUS M pre-mRNA and a heat shock transcription factor HsfA2 pre-mRNA. Splicing factor 1 (SF1) plays a crucial role in 3' splice site recognition by binding directly to the intron branch point. Although plant SF1 proteins possess an RNA recognition motif (RRM) domain that is absent in its fungal and metazoan counterparts, the role of the RRM domain in SF1 function has not been characterized. Here, we show that the RRM domain differentially affects the full function of the Arabidopsis thaliana AtSF1 protein under different experimental conditions...
July 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373280/heat-shock-protein-104-hsp104-mediated-curing-of-psi-yeast-prions-depends-on-both-psi-conformation-and-the-properties-of-the-hsp104-homologs
#20
Xiaohong Zhao, Ramon Rodriguez, Rebecca E Silberman, Joseph M Ahearn, Sheela Saidha, Kaelyn C Cummins, Evan Eisenberg, Lois E Greene
Prions arise from proteins that have two possible conformations: properly folded and non-infectious or misfolded and infectious. The [PSI(+)] yeast prion, which is the misfolded and self-propagating form of the translation termination factor eRF3 (Sup35), can be cured of its infectious conformation by overexpression of Hsp104, which helps dissolve the prion seeds. This dissolution depends on the trimming activity of Hsp104, which reduces the size of the prion seeds without increasing their number. To further understand the relationship between trimming and curing, trimming was followed by measuring the loss of GFP-labeled Sup35 foci from both strong and weak [PSI(+)] variants; the former variant has more seeds and less soluble Sup35 than the latter...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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