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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315405/location-and-functional-analysis-of-the-aspergillus-nidulans-aurora-kinase-confirm-mitotic-functions-and-suggest-non-mitotic-roles
#1
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...
March 14, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314049/biological-evaluation-of-3-hydroxybenzyl-alcohol-an-extrolite-produced-by-aspergillus-nidulans-strain-kzr-132
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C Ganesh Kumar, Poornima Mongolla, Sujitha Pombala, Shiva Bandi, K Suresh Babu, Kallaganti Venkata Siva Ramakrishna
AIMS: The aim of the study was to purify and characterize a bioactive compound from Aspergillus nidulans strain KZR-132 and its biological evaluation. METHODS AND RESULTS: A bioactive extolite was purified from Aspergillus nidulans strain KZR-132, and its chemical structure was elucidated as 3-hydroxylbenzyl alcohol (3-HBA) based on (1) H and (13) C NMR, FT-IR and mass spectroscopic analysis. The antimicrobial efficacy of 3-HBA was established against Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria and different Candida strains...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295032/air-borne-genotype-by-genotype-indirect-genetic-effects-are-substantial-in-the-filamentous-fungus-aspergillus-nidulans
#3
N O Rode, P Soroye, R Kassen, H D Rundle
Genotype by genotype indirect genetic effects (G × G IGEs) occur when the phenotype of an individual is influenced by an interaction between its own genotype and those of neighbour individuals. Little is known regarding the relative importance of G × G IGEs compared with other forms of direct and indirect genetic effects. We quantified the relative importance of IGEs in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans, a species in which IGEs are likely to be important as air-borne social interactions are known to affect growth...
March 15, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286319/establishment-of-crispr-cas9-in-alternaria-alternata
#4
Maximilian Wenderoth, Christoph Pinecker, Benjamin Voß, Reinhard Fischer
The filamentous fungus Alternaria alternata is a potent producer of many secondary metabolites, some of which like alternariol or alternariol-methyl ether are toxic and/or cancerogenic. Many Alternaria species do not only cause post-harvest losses of food and feed, but are aggressive plant pathogens. Despite the great economic importance and the large number of research groups working with the fungus, the molecular toolbox is rather underdeveloped. Gene deletions often result in heterokaryotic strains and therefore, gene-function analyses are rather tedious...
March 10, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277197/the-function-of-the-three-phosphoribosyl-pyrophosphate-synthetase-prs-genes-in-hyphal-growth-and-conidiation-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#5
Ping Jiang, Wen-Fan Wei, Guo-Wei Zhong, Xiao-Gang Zhou, Wei-Ran Qiao, Reinhard Fisher, Ling Lu
Phosphoribosyl pyrophosphate synthetase, which is encoded by the Prs gene, catalyses the reaction of ribose-5-phosphate and adenine ribonucleotide triphosphate (ATP) and has central importance in cellular metabolism. However, knowledge about how Prs family members function and contribute to total 5-phosphoribosyl-α-1-pyrophosphate (PRPP) synthetase activity is limited. In this study, we identified that the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans genome contains three PRPP synthase-homologous genes (AnprsA, AnprsB and AnprsC), among which AnprsB and AnprsC but not AnprsA are auxotrophic genes...
February 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274204/hisb-as-novel-selection-marker-for-gene-targeting-approaches-in-aspergillus-niger
#6
Markus R M Fiedler, Tarek Gensheimer, Christin Kubisch, Vera Meyer
BACKGROUND: For Aspergillus niger, a broad set of auxotrophic and dominant resistance markers is available. However, only few offer targeted modification of a gene of interest into or at a genomic locus of choice, which hampers functional genomics studies. We thus aimed to extend the available set by generating a histidine auxotrophic strain with a characterized hisB locus for targeted gene integration and deletion in A. niger. RESULTS: A histidine-auxotrophic strain was established via disruption of the A...
March 8, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263103/study-on-the-glutathione-metabolism-of-the-filamentous-fungus-aspergillus-nidulans
#7
Fruzsina Bakti, Anita Király, Erzsébet Orosz, Márton Miskei, Tamás Emri, Éva Leiter, István Pócsi
Yeast protein sequence-based homology search for glutathione (GSH) metabolic enzymes and GSH transporters demonstrated that Aspergillus nidulans has a robust GSH uptake and metabolic system with several paralogous genes. In wet laboratory experiments, two key genes of GSH metabolism, gcsA, and glrA, encoding γ-l-glutamyl-l-cysteine synthetase and glutathione reductase, respectively, were deleted. The gene gcsA was essential, and the ΔgcsA mutant required GSH supplementation at considerably higher concentration than the Saccharomyces cerevisiae gsh1 mutant (8-10 mmol l(-1) vs...
March 6, 2017: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253318/transgenic-expression-of-fungal-accessory-hemicellulases-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-triggers-transcriptional-patterns-related-to-biotic-stress-and-defense-response
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Alex Yi-Lin Tsai, Kin Chan, Chi-Yip Ho, Thomas Canam, Resmi Capron, Emma R Master, Katharina Bräutigam
The plant cell wall is an abundant and renewable resource for lignocellulosic applications such as the production of biofuel. Due to structural and compositional complexities, the plant cell wall is, however, recalcitrant to hydrolysis and extraction of platform sugars. A cell wall engineering strategy to reduce this recalcitrance makes use of microbial cell wall modifying enzymes that are expressed directly in plants themselves. Previously, we constructed transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana constitutively expressing the fungal hemicellulases: Phanerochaete carnosa glucurnoyl esterase (PcGCE) and Aspergillus nidulans α-arabinofuranosidase (AnAF54)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251756/functional-genomics-guided-discovery-of-a-light-activated-phytotoxin-in-the-wheat-pathogen-parastagonospora-nodorum-via-pathway-activation
#9
Yit-Heng Chooi, Guozhi Zhang, Jinyu Hu, Mariano Jordi Muria-Gonzalez, Phuong Tran, Amber Pettitt, Alex Maier, Russell A Barrow, Peter S Solomon
Parastagonospora nodorum is an important pathogen of wheat. The contribution of secondary metabolites to this pathosystem is poorly understood. A biosynthetic gene cluster (SNOG_08608-08616) has been shown to be upregulated during the late stage of P. nodorum wheat leaf infection. The gene cluster shares several homologues with the Cercospora nicotianae CTB gene cluster encoding the biosynthesis of cercosporin. Activation of the gene cluster by overexpression (OE) of the transcription factor gene (SNOG_08609) in P...
March 2, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220754/the-ap-2-complex-has-a-specialized-clathrin-independent-role-in-apical-endocytosis-and-polar-growth-in-fungi
#10
Olga Martzoukou, Sotiris Amillis, Amalia Zervakou, Savvas Christoforidis, George Diallinas
Filamentous fungi provide excellent systems for investigating the role of the AP-2 complex in polar growth. Using Aspergillus nidulans, we show that AP-2 has a clathrin-independent essential role in polarity maintenance and growth. This is in line with a sequence analysis showing that the AP-2 β subunit (β2) of higher fungi lacks a clathrin-binding domain, and experiments showing that AP-2 does not co-localize with clathrin. We provide genetic and cellular evidence that AP-2 interacts with endocytic markers SlaB(End4) and SagA(End3) and the lipid flippases DnfA and DnfB in the sub-apical collar region of hyphae...
February 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209731/transport-of-fungal-rab11-secretory-vesicles-involves-myosin-5-dynein-dynactin-p25-and-kinesin-1-and-is-independent-of-kinesin-3
#11
Miguel A Peñalva, Jun Zhang, Xin Xiang, Areti Pantazopoulou
Hyphal tip cells of the fungus Aspergillus nidulans are useful to study long-range intracellular traffic. Post-Golgi secretory vesicles (SVs) containing the RAB11 orthologue RabE engage myosin-5 as well as plus-end- and minus-end-directed microtubule motors, providing an experimental system to investigate the interplay between microtubule and actin motors acting on the same cargo. By exploiting the fact that depolymerization of F-actin 'unleashes' SVs focused at the apex by myosin-5 to microtubule-dependent motors, we establish that the minus-end directed transport of SVs requires the dynein/dynactin supercomplex...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164785/functions-of-the-magnaporthe-oryzae-flb3p-and-flb4p-transcription-factors-in-the-regulation-of-conidiation
#12
S Matheis, A Yemelin, D Scheps, K Andresen, S Jacob, E Thines, A J Foster
The Magnaporthe oryzae genes FLB3 and FLB4, orthologues of the Aspergillus nidulans regulators of conidiation FlbC and FlbD, were inactivated. These genes encode C2H2 zinc finger and Myb-like transcription factors, respectively, in A. nidulans. Analysis of the resultant mutants demonstrated that FLB4 is essential for spore formation and that strains lacking this gene are fluffy in their colony morphology due to an inability to complete conidiophore formation. Meanwhile, FLB3 is required for normal levels of aerial mycelium formation...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124733/ancut2-a-thermo-alkaline-cutinase-from-aspergillus-nidulans-and-its-potential-applications
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Eva Bermúdez-García, Carolina Peña-Montes, José Augusto Castro-Rodríguez, Augusto González-Canto, Arturo Navarro-Ocaña, Amelia Farrés
Biochemical characterization of purified ANCUT2 cutinase from Aspergillus nidulans is described. The identified amino acid sequence differs from that predicted in Aspergillus genomic databases in amino acids not relevant for catalysis. The enzyme is thermo-alkaline, showing its maximum activity at pH 9 and 60 °C, and it retains more than 60% of its initial activity after incubation for 1 h at 60 °C for pH values between 6 and 10. ANCUT2 is more active towards long-chain esters and it hydrolyzes cutin; however, it also hydrolyzes short-chain esters...
January 25, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108400/overexpression-of-a-three-gene-conidial-pigment-biosynthetic-pathway-in-aspergillus-nidulans-reveals-the-first-nrps-known-to-acetylate-tryptophan
#14
Calvin T Sung, Shu-Lin Chang, Ruth Entwistle, Green Ahn, Tzu-Shyang Lin, Vessela Petrova, Hsu-Hua Yeh, Mike B Praseuth, Yi-Ming Chiang, Berl R Oakley, Clay C C Wang
Fungal nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) are megasynthetases that produce cyclic and acyclic peptides. In Aspergillus nidulans, the NRPS ivoA (AN10576) has been associated with the biosynthesis of grey-brown conidiophore pigments. Another gene, ivoB (AN0231), has been demonstrated to be an N-acetyl-6-hydroxytryptophan oxidase that putatively acts downstream of IvoA. A third gene, ivoC, has also been predicted to be involved in pigment biosynthesis based on publicly available genomic and transcriptomic information...
January 17, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100314/matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-for-rapid-identification-of-fungal-rhinosinusitis-pathogens
#15
Xinxin Lu, Yanfei Huang, Mingxin Zhang, Min Zhu, Mei Wang, Yufeng Sun, Haitong Gu, Jingjing Cao, Xue Li, Shaoya Zhang, Jinglin Wang
BACKGROUND: filamentous fungi are the most important pathogens causing fungal rhinosinusitis (FRS). Current laboratory diagnosis of FRS pathogens mainly relies on phenotypic identification by culture and microscopic examination, which is time-consuming and expertise-dependent. Although matrix -assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has been employed to identify various fungi, its performance for the identification of FRS fungi is less clear...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089630/the-aspergillus-nidulans-pbp1-homolog-is-required-for-normal-sexual-development-and-secondary-metabolism
#16
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 Pbp1 protein 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...
March 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088615/cloning-heterologous-expression-and-biochemical-characterization-of-a-non-specific-endoglucanase-family-12-from-aspergillus-terreus-nih2624
#17
Fernando Segato, Bruno Dias, Gabriela L Berto, Dyoni M de Oliveira, Flávio H M De Souza, Ana Paula Citadini, Mario T Murakami, André R L Damásio, Fábio Márcio Squina, Igor Polikarpov
The cellulases from Glycoside Hydrolyses family 12 (GH12) play an important role in cellulose degradation and plant cell wall deconstruction being widely used in a number of bioindustrial processes. Aiming to contribute toward better comprehension of these class of the enzymes, here we describe a high-yield secretion of a endoglucanase GH12 from Aspegillus terreus (AtGH12), which was cloned and expressed in Aspergillus nidulans strain A773. The purified protein was used for complete biochemical and functional characterization...
April 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087934/fungal-cell-cycle-a-unicellular-versus-multicellular-comparison
#18
Ilkay Dörter, Michelle Momany
All cells must accurately replicate DNA and partition it to daughter cells. The basic cell cycle machinery is highly conserved among eukaryotes. Most of the mechanisms that control the cell cycle were worked out in fungal cells, taking advantage of their powerful genetics and rapid duplication times. Here we describe the cell cycles of the unicellular budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the multicellular filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans. We compare and contrast morphological landmarks of G1, S, G2, and M phases, molecular mechanisms that drive cell cycle progression, and checkpoints in these model unicellular and multicellular fungal systems...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057761/microtubules-are-reversibly-depolymerized-in-response-to-changing-gaseous-microenvironments-within-aspergillus-nidulans-biofilms
#19
Nandini Shukla, Aysha H Osmani, Stephen A Osmani
How microtubules (MTs) are regulated during fungal biofilm formation is unknown. By tracking MT +end-binding proteins (+TIPS) in Aspergillus nidulans, we find that MTs are regulated to depolymerize within forming fungal biofilms. During this process, EB1, dynein, and ClipA form transient fibrous and then bar-like structures, novel configurations for +TIPS. Cells also respond in an autonomous manner, with cells separated by a septum able to maintain different MT dynamics. Surprisingly, all cells with depolymerized MTs rapidly repolymerize their MTs after air exchange above the static culture medium of biofilms...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053593/evaluation-of-aerial-microbial-pollutants-in-al-haram-al-nabawi-during-pilgrimage-of-2013
#20
Kholoud M Alananbeh, Nahla Boquellah, Nadia Al Kaff, Majid Al Ahmadi
Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah is the second holiest site in Islam. The possibility of new emerging microbes is valid due to the increased number of pilgrims. The objectives of the current study were to estimate the numbers of fungi and bacteria inside and outside Al-Haram Al-Nabawi and to find whether new bacterial and fungal species have emerged compared to previous studies. Air samples were collected twice a day from 12 spots and four directions during the pilgrim year of 2013 for four consecutive weeks by using the sedimentation method...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
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