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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933036/functional-analysis-of-the-nitrogen-metabolite-repression-regulator-gene-nmra-in-aspergillus-flavus
#1
Xiaoyun Han, Mengguang Qiu, Bin Wang, Wen-Bing Yin, Xinyi Nie, Qiuping Qin, Silin Ren, Kunlong Yang, Feng Zhang, Zhenhong Zhuang, Shihua Wang
In Aspergillus nidulans, the nitrogen metabolite repression (NMR) regulator NmrA plays a major role in regulating the activity of the GATA transcription factor AreA during nitrogen metabolism. However, the function of nmrA in A. flavus has not been previously studied. Here, we report the identification and functional analysis of nmrA in A. flavus. Our work showed that the amino acid sequences of NmrA are highly conserved among Aspergillus species and that A. flavus NmrA protein contains a canonical Rossmann fold motif...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923672/functional-characterization-of-two-novel-purine-transporters-from-the-basidiomycota-phanerochaete-chrysosporium
#2
Mariana Barraco-Vega, Héctor Romero, Mariana Richero, María Pía Cerdeiras, Gianna Cecchetto
Purine transporters as substrate entry points in organisms, are involved in a number of cellular processes such as nitrogen source uptake, energy metabolism and synthesis of nucleic acids. In this study, two nucleobase transporter genes (phZ, phU) from Phanerochaete chrysosporium were cloned, identified, and functionally characterized. Our results show that PhZ is a transporter of adenine and hypoxanthine, and a protein belonging to the AzgA-like family, whilst PhU belongs to the NAT/NCS2 family, transporting xanthine and uric acid...
December 3, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917435/analysis-of-the-ionic-interaction-between-the-hydrophobin-roda-and-two-cutinases-of-aspergillus-nidulans-obtained-via-an-aspergillus-oryzae-expression-system
#3
Takumi Tanaka, Mayumi Nakayama, Toru Takahashi, Kei Nanatani, Youhei Yamagata, Keietsu Abe
Hydrophobins are amphipathic secretory proteins with eight conserved cysteine residues and are ubiquitous among filamentous fungi. In the fungus Aspergillus oryzae, the hydrophobin RolA and the polyesterase CutL1 are co-expressed when the sole available carbon source is the biodegradable polyester polybutylene succinate-co-adipate (PBSA). RolA promotes the degradation of PBSA by attaching to the particle surface, changing its structure and interacting with CutL1 to concentrate CutL1 on the PBSA surface. We previously reported that positively charged residues in RolA and negatively charged residues in CutL1 are cooperatively involved in the ionic interaction between RolA and CutL1...
December 5, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916804/growth-phase-sterigmatocystin-formation-on-lactose-is-mediated-via-low-specific-growth-rates-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#4
Zoltán Németh, Ákos P Molnár, Balázs Fejes, Levente Novák, Levente Karaffa, Nancy P Keller, Erzsébet Fekete
Seed contamination with polyketide mycotoxins such as sterigmatocystin (ST) produced by Aspergilli is a worldwide issue. The ST biosynthetic pathway is well-characterized in A. nidulans, but regulatory aspects related to the carbon source are still enigmatic. This is particularly true for lactose, inasmuch as some ST production mutant strains still synthesize ST on lactose but not on other carbon substrates. Here, kinetic data revealed that on d-glucose, ST forms only after the sugar is depleted from the medium, while on lactose, ST appears when most of the carbon source is still available...
November 28, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915380/proteins-interacting-with-crea-and-creb-in-the-carbon-catabolite-repression-network-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#5
Md Ashiqul Alam, Joan M Kelly
In Aspergillus nidulans, carbon catabolite repression (CCR) is mediated by the global repressor protein CreA. The deubiquitinating enzyme CreB is a component of the CCR network. Genetic interaction was confirmed using a strain containing complete loss-of-function alleles of both creA and creB. No direct physical interaction was identified between tagged versions of CreA and CreB. To identify any possible protein(s) that may form a bridge between CreA and CreB, we purified both proteins from mycelia grown in media that result in repression or derepression...
December 3, 2016: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913684/transporter-oligomerization-form-and-function
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REVIEW
Yilmaz Alguel, Alexander D Cameron, George Diallinas, Bernadette Byrne
Transporters are integral membrane proteins with central roles in the efficient movement of molecules across biological membranes. Many transporters exist as oligomers in the membrane. Depending on the individual transport protein, oligomerization can have roles in membrane trafficking, function, regulation and turnover. For example, our recent studies on UapA, a nucleobase ascorbate transporter, from Aspergillus nidulans, have revealed both that dimerization of this protein is essential for correct trafficking to the membrane and the structural basis of how one UapA protomer can affect the function of the closely associated adjacent protomer...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913218/methylotrophic-yeast-pichia-pastoris-as-a-chassis-organism-for-polyketide-synthesis-via-the-full-citrinin-biosynthetic-pathway
#7
Ying Xue, Chuixing Kong, Wei Shen, Chenxiao Bai, Yanna Ren, Xiangshan Zhou, Yuanxing Zhang, Menghao Cai
With the rapid development of synthetic biology, exploring various chassis organisms has become necessary to improve the heterologous biosynthesis of natural products and pharmaceuticals. In this study, we tested the potential of the industrial methylotrophic yeast strain Pichia pastoris for the heterologous synthesis of polyketides. A recombinant P. pastoris GS-pksCT-npgA carrying the Monascus purpureus citrinin polyketide synthase gene pksCT and the Aspergillus nidulans phosphopantetheinyl transferase gene npgA was constructed...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909797/wd40-repeat-protein-mocrec-is-essential-for-carbon-repression-and-is-involved-in-conidiation-growth-and-pathogenicity-of-magnaporthe-oryzae
#8
Khalid Abdelkarim Omer Matar, Xiaofeng Chen, Dongjie Chen, Wilfred Mabeche Anjago, Justice Norvienyeku, Yahong Lin, Meilian Chen, Zonghua Wang, Daniel J Ebbole, Guo-Dong Lu
Carbon catabolite repression (CCR) is a common regulatory mechanism used by microorganisms to prioritize use of a preferred carbon source (usually glucose). The CreC WD40-repeat protein is a major component of the CCR pathway in Aspergillus nidulans. To clarify the function of the CreC ortholog from Magnaporthe oryzae in regulating gene expression important for pathogenesis, MoCreC was identified and genetically characterized. The vegetative growth rate of the MoCreC deletion mutant on various carbon sources was reduced...
December 1, 2016: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906500/phylogenetic-studies-gene-cluster-analysis-and-enzymatic-reaction-support-anthrahydroquinone-reduction-as-the-physiological-function-of-fungal-17%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase
#9
Leon Fürtges, David Conradt, Michael A Schätzle, Shailesh Kumar Singh, Nada Kraševec, Tea Lanišnik Rižner, Michael Müller, Syed Masood Husain
17β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (17β-HSDcl) from the filamentous fungus Curvularia lunata (teleomorph Cochliobolus lunatus) catalyzes NADP(H)-dependent oxidoreductions of androgens and estrogens. Despite detailed biochemical and structural characterization of 17β-HSDcl, its physiological function remains unknown. On the basis of amino acid sequence alignment, phylogenetic studies, and the recent identification of the physiological substrates of the homologous MdpC from Aspergillus nidulans and AflM from Aspergillus parasiticus, we propose an anthrahydroquinone as the physiological substrate of 17β-HSDcl...
December 1, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903631/genomics-of-compensatory-adaptation-in-experimental-populations-of-aspergillus-nidulans
#10
Jeremy R Dettman, Nicolas Rodrigue, Sijmen E Schoustra, Rees Kassen
Knowledge of the number and nature of genetic changes responsible for adaptation is essential for understanding and predicting evolutionary trajectories. Here, we study the genomic basis of compensatory adaptation to the fitness cost of fungicide resistance in experimentally evolved strains of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans The original selection experiment tracked the fitness recovery of lines founded by an ancestral strain that was resistant to fludioxonil, but paid a fitness cost in the absence of the fungicide...
November 30, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878624/the-creb-deubiquitinating-enzyme-does-not-directly-target-the-crea-repressor-protein-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#11
Md Ashiqul Alam, Niyom Kamlangdee, Joan M Kelly
Ubiquitination/deubiquitination pathways are now recognized as key components of gene regulatory mechanisms in eukaryotes. The major transcriptional repressor for carbon catabolite repression in Aspergillus nidulans is CreA, and mutational analysis led to the suggestion that a regulatory ubiquitination/deubiquitination pathway is involved. A key unanswered question is if and how this pathway, comprising CreB (deubiquitinating enzyme) and HulA (ubiquitin ligase) and other proteins, is involved in the regulatory mechanism...
November 23, 2016: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836782/role-of-hxkc-a-mitochondrial-hexokinase-like-protein-in-fungal-programmed-cell-death
#12
Margaret E Katz, Katharyn S Braunberger, Joan M Kelly
Apoptosis is a form of programmed cell death (PCD) that occurs during animal development and is also triggered by a variety of signals including nutrient or oxidative stress, hypoxia, DNA damage, viral infection and oncogenic transformation. Though apoptotic-like PCD also occurs in plants and fungi, genes encoding several of the key players in mammalian apoptosis (p53 and BH-domain proteins) have not been identified in these kingdoms. In this report we investigated whether HxkC, a mitochondrial hexokinase-like protein, and XprG, a putative p53-like transcription factor similar to Ndt80, play a role in programmed cell death in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans...
December 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825929/the-mechanism-of-peroxisome-motility-in-filamentous-fungi
#13
Gero Steinberg
Peroxisomes (POs) are an essential part of the fungal cell's inventory. They are involved in cellular lipid homeostasis, reactive oxygen metabolism and in the synthesis of secondary metabolites. These functions are thought to require frequent organelle-organelle interactions and the even-distribution of POs in fungal hypha. Recent work in the basidiomycete Ustilago maydis and the ascomycete Aspergillus nidulans reveals a crucial role of early endosomes (EEs) in the dynamic behavior of POs required for their cellular distribution and interaction...
December 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818262/laea-negatively-regulates-dothistromin-production-in-the-pine-needle-pathogen-dothistroma-septosporum
#14
Pranav Chettri, Rosie E Bradshaw
In filamentous fungi both pathway-specific and global regulators regulate genes involved in the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites. LaeA is a global regulator that was named for its mutant phenotype, loss of aflR expression, due to its effect on the aflatoxin-pathway regulator AflR in Aspergillus spp. The pine needle pathogen Dothistroma septosporum produces a polyketide virulence factor, dothistromin, that is chemically related to aflatoxin and whose pathway genes are also regulated by an ortholog of AflR...
December 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804102/the-construction-and-use-of-versatile-binary-vectors-carrying-pyrg-auxotrophic-marker-and-fluorescent-reporter-genes-for-agrobacterium-mediated-transformation-of-aspergillus-oryzae
#15
Khuyen Thi Nguyen, Quynh Ngoc Ho, Thu Ha Pham, Tuan-Nghia Phan, Van-Tuan Tran
Aspergillus oryzae is a safe mold widely used in food industry. It is also considered as a microbial cell factory for production of recombinant proteins and enzymes. Currently, genetic manipulation of filamentous fungi is achieved via Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation methods usually employing antibiotic resistance markers. These methods are hardly usable for A. oryzae due to its strong resistance to the common antifungal compounds used for fungal transformation. In this study, we have constructed two binary vectors carrying the pyrG gene from A...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803184/a-class-1-histone-deacetylase-with-potential-as-an-antifungal-target
#16
Ingo Bauer, Divyavaradhi Varadarajan, Angelo Pidroni, Silke Gross, Stefan Vergeiner, Birgit Faber, Martin Hermann, Martin Tribus, Gerald Brosch, Stefan Graessle
: Histone deacetylases (HDACs) remove acetyl moieties from lysine residues at histone tails and nuclear regulatory proteins and thus significantly impact chromatin remodeling and transcriptional regulation in eukaryotes. In recent years, HDACs of filamentous fungi were found to be decisive regulators of genes involved in pathogenicity and the production of important fungal metabolites such as antibiotics and toxins. Here we present proof that one of these enzymes, the class 1 type HDAC RpdA, is of vital importance for the opportunistic human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus Recombinant expression of inactivated RpdA shows that loss of catalytic activity is responsible for the lethal phenotype of Aspergillus RpdA null mutants...
November 1, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789314/generation-of-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-reporter-tagged-strain-to-monitor-ustilaginoidea-virens-infection-in-rice
#17
Mebeaselassie Andargie, Chao Yang, Jianxiong Li
An Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation system for the rice false smut fungus Ustilaginoidea virens was developed using conidia as recipients. A binary vector, pCAMBIA1301-PgpdA-GUS-TtrpC, was constructed. The gpdA promoter (PgpdA) from Aspergillus nidulans was used to drive the expression of the β-glucuronidase (GUS) gene which enabled GUS activity visualization. The conidia transformation efficiency reached approximately 110 to 250 transformants per 1×10(5) conidia. Based on the analysis made on five successive generations of subcultures and PCR, the pCAMBIA1301-GUS cassette had integrated into the genomes of all transformants and clearly showed mitotic stability...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785798/acute-hepatic-necrosis-and-death-in-a-subadult-southern-white-rhinoceros-ceratotherium-simum-associated-with-exposure-to-sterigmatocystin-in-forage-contaminated-with-aspergillus-nidulans
#18
B R Bryant, M Campbell, C Sangster
A young male southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), which was resident in a zoo as part of a multi-rhinoceros group, died suddenly. Necropsy and histopathological findings supported a diagnosis of death from acute hepatic necrosis. The microscopic distribution of liver lesions was suggestive of hepatotoxicosis. Further investigation revealed potential exposure to a mycotoxin, sterigmatocystin, present in spoiled lucerne hay contaminated with Aspergillus nidulans. It was concluded that mycotoxicosis was the likely cause of the hepatic necrosis and death in this animal...
November 2016: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775185/discovery-of-mcra-a-master-regulator-of-aspergillus-secondary-metabolism
#19
C Elizabeth Oakley, Manmeet Ahuja, Wei-Wen Sun, Ruth Entwistle, Tomohiro Akashi, Junko Yaegashi, Chun-Jun Guo, Gustavo C Cerqueira, Jennifer Russo Wortman, Clay C C Wang, Yi-Ming Chiang, Berl R Oakley
Fungal secondary metabolites (SMs) are extremely important in medicine and agriculture, but regulation of their biosynthesis is incompletely understood. We have developed a genetic screen in Aspergillus nidulans for negative regulators of fungal SM gene clusters and we have used this screen to isolate mutations that upregulate transcription of the non-ribosomal peptide synthetase gene required for nidulanin A biosynthesis. Several of these mutations are allelic and we have identified the mutant gene by genome sequencing...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763253/fungal-sex-the-ascomycota
#20
Richard J Bennett, B Gillian Turgeon
This article provides an overview of sexual reproduction in the ascomycetes, a phylum of fungi that is named after the specialized sacs or "asci" that hold the sexual spores. They have therefore also been referred to as the Sac Fungi due to these characteristic structures that typically contain four to eight ascospores. Ascomycetes are morphologically diverse and include single-celled yeasts, filamentous fungi, and more complex cup fungi. The sexual cycles of many species, including those of the model yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe and the filamentous saprobes Neurospora crassa, Aspergillus nidulans, and Podospora anserina, have been examined in depth...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
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