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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517364/a-cryptic-pigment-biosynthetic-pathway-uncovered-by-heterologous-expression-is-essential-for-conidial-development-in-pestalotiopsis-fici
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Peng Zhang, Xiuna Wang, Aili Fan, Yanjing Zheng, Xingzhong Liu, Shihua Wang, Huixi Zou, Berl R Oakley, Nancy P Keller, Wen-Bing Yin
Spore pigmentation is very common in the fungal kingdom. The best studied pigment in fungi is melanin which coats the surface of single cell spores. What and how pigments function in a fungal species with multiple cell conidia is poorly understood. Here, we identified and deleted a polyketide synthase (PKS) gene PfmaE and showed that it is essential for multicellular conidial pigmentation and development in a plant endophytic fungus, Pestalotiopsis fici. To further characterize the melanin pathway, we utilized an advanced Aspergillus nidulans heterologous system for the expression of the PKS PfmaE and the Pfma gene cluster...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509393/nmea-a-novel-efflux-transporter-specific-for-nucleobases-and-nucleosides-contributes-to-metal-resistance-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#2
Sofia Balaska, Vassilios Myrianthopoulos, Martha Tselika, Dimitris G Hatzinikolaou, Emmanuel Mikros, George Diallinas
Through Minos transposon mutagenesis we obtained A. nidulans mutants resistant to 5-fluorouracil due to insertions into the upstream region of the uncharacterized gene nmeA, encoding a Major Facilitator Superfamily (MFS) transporter. Minos transpositions increased nmeA transcription, which is otherwise extremely low under all conditions tested. To dissect the function of NmeA we used strains overexpressing or genetically lacking the nmeA gene. Strains overexpressing NmeA are resistant to toxic purine analogues, but also, to cadmium, zinc and borate, whereas an isogenic nmeAΔ null mutant exhibits increased sensitivity to these compounds...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507141/pulses-of-ca-2-coordinate-actin-assembly-and-exocytosis-for-stepwise-cell-extension
#3
Norio Takeshita, Minoas Evangelinos, Lu Zhou, Tomoko Serizawa, Rosa A Somera-Fajardo, Ling Lu, Naoki Takaya, G Ulrich Nienhaus, Reinhard Fischer
Many eukaryotic cells grow by extending their cell periphery in pulses. The molecular mechanisms underlying this process are not yet fully understood. Here we present a comprehensive model of stepwise cell extension by using the unique tip growth system of filamentous fungi. Live-cell imaging analysis, including superresolution microscopy, revealed that the fungus Aspergillus nidulans extends the hyphal tip in an oscillatory manner. The amount of F-actin and secretory vesicles (SV) accumulating at the hyphal tip oscillated with a positive temporal correlation, whereas vesicle amounts were negatively correlated to the growth rate...
May 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496100/structure-and-function-of-a-broad-specificity-chitin-deacetylase-from-aspergillus-nidulans-fgsc-a4
#4
Zhanliang Liu, Laurie M Gay, Tina R Tuveng, Jane W Agger, Bjørge Westereng, Geir Mathiesen, Svein J Horn, Gustav Vaaje-Kolstad, Daan M F van Aalten, Vincent G H Eijsink
Enzymatic conversion of chitin, a β-1,4 linked polymer of N-acetylglucosamine, is of major interest in areas varying from the biorefining of chitin-rich waste streams to understanding how medically relevant fungi remodel their chitin-containing cell walls. Although numerous chitinolytic enzymes have been studied in detail, relatively little is known about enzymes capable of deacetylating chitin. We describe the structural and functional characterization of a 237 residue deacetylase (AnCDA) from Aspergillus nidulans FGSC A4...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484941/proteomics-as-a-tool-to-identify-new-targets-against-aspergillus-and-scedosporium-in-the-context-of-cystic-fibrosis
#5
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/28481894/the-role-of-vosa-velb-activated-developmental-gene-vada-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#6
Hee-Soo Park, Mi-Kyung Lee, Sun Chang Kim, Jae-Hyuk Yu
The filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans primarily reproduces by forming asexual spores called conidia, the integrity of which is governed by the NF-κB type velvet regulators VosA and VelB. The VosA-VelB hetero-complex regulates the expression of spore-specific structural and regulatory genes during conidiogenesis. Here, we characterize one of the VosA/VelB-activated developmental genes, called vadA, the expression of which in conidia requires activity of both VosA and VelB. VadA (AN5709) is predicted to be a 532-amino acid length fungal-specific protein with a highly conserved domain of unknown function (DUF) at the N-terminus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475687/the-quinoline-bromoquinol-exhibits-broad-spectrum-antifungal-activity-and-induces-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#7
Dafna Ben Yaakov, Yana Shadkchan, Nathaniel Albert, Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis, Nir Osherov
Objectives: Over the last 30 years, the number of invasive fungal infections among immunosuppressed patients has increased significantly, while the number of effective systemic antifungal drugs remains low. The aim of this study was to identify and characterize antifungal compounds that inhibit fungus-specific metabolic pathways not conserved in humans. Methods: We screened a diverse compound library for antifungal activity in the pathogenic mould Aspergillus fumigatus ...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465348/sirtuin-e-is-a-fungal-global-transcriptional-regulator-that-determines-the-transition-from-the-primary-growth-to-the-stationary-phase
#8
Eriko Itoh, Rika Odakura, Ken-Ichi Oinuma, Motoyuki Shimizu, Shunsuke Masuo, Naoki Takaya
In response to limited nutrients, fungal cells exit the primary growth phase, enter the stationary phase, and cease proliferation. Although fundamental to microbial physiology in many environments, the regulation of this transition is poorly understood, but likely involves many transcriptional regulators. These may include the sirtuins, which deacetylate acetyllysine residues of histones, and epigenetically regulate global transcription. Therefore, we investigated the role of a nuclear sirtuin, sirtuin E (SirE), from the ascomycete fungus, Aspergillus nidulans...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453536/rtfa-controls-development-secondary-metabolism-and-virulence-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#9
Ryan R Myers, Timothy D Smith, Sherine F Elsawa, Olivier Puel, Souraia Tadrist, Ana M Calvo
Invasive aspergillosis by Aspergillus fumigatus is a leading cause of infection-related mortality in immune-compromised patients. In order to discover potential genetic targets to control A. fumigatus infections we characterized rtfA, a gene encoding a putative RNA polymerase II transcription elongation factor-like protein. Our recent work has shown that the rtfA ortholog in the model fungus Aspergillus nidulans regulates morphogenesis and secondary metabolism. The present study on the opportunistic pathogen A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451846/conservation-and-diversity-of-the-regulators-of-cellulolytic-enzyme-genes-in-ascomycete-fungi
#10
REVIEW
Emi Kunitake, Tetsuo Kobayashi
In the past decade, various transcriptional activators of cellulolytic enzyme genes have been identified in Ascomycete fungi. The regulatory system of cellulolytic enzymes is not only partially conserved, but also significantly diverse. For example, Trichoderma reesei has a system distinct from those of Aspergillus and Neurospora crassa-the former utilizes Xyr1 (the Aspergillus XlnR ortholog) as the major regulator of cellulolytic enzyme genes, while the latter uses CLR-2/ClrB/ManR orthologs. XlnR/Xyr1 and CLR-2/ClrB/ManR are evolutionarily distant from each other...
April 27, 2017: Current Genetics
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/28424666/napa-mediates-a-redox-regulation-of-the-antioxidant-response-carbon-utilization-and-development-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#12
Ariann E Mendoza-Martínez, Fernando Lara-Rojas, Olivia Sánchez, Jesús Aguirre
The redox-regulated transcription factors (TFs) of the bZIP AP1 family, such as yeast Yap1 and fission yeast Pap1, are activated by peroxiredoxin proteins (Prxs) to regulate the antioxidant response. Previously, Aspergillus nidulans mutants lacking the Yap1 ortholog NapA have been characterized as sensitive to H2O2 and menadione. Here we study NapA roles in relation to TFs SrrA and AtfA, also involved in oxidant detoxification, showing that these TFs play different roles in oxidative stress resistance, catalase gene regulation and development, during A...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423024/interrelationships-of-vel1-and-env1-in-light-response-and-development-in-trichoderma-reesei
#13
Hoda Bazafkan, Christoph Dattenböck, Eva Stappler, Sabrina Beier, Monika Schmoll
Sexual development is regulated by a complex regulatory mechanism in fungi. For Trichoderma reesei, the light response pathway was shown to impact sexual development, particularly through the photoreceptor ENVOY. Moreover, T. reesei communicates chemically with a potential mating partner in its vicinity, a response which is mediated by the velvet family protein VEL1 and its impact on secondary metabolism. We therefore studied the regulatory interactions of ENV1 and VEL1 with a focus on sexual development. Although individual mutants in both genes are female sterile under standard crossing conditions (light-dark cycles), an altered light regime enabled sexual development, which we found to be due to conditional female sterility of Δenv1, but not Δvel1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422127/differential-control-of-asexual-development-and-sterigmatocystin-biosynthesis-by-a-novel-regulator-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#14
Yong Jin Kim, Yu Yeong Man, Pil Jae Maeng
The filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans primarily reproduces by forming asexual spores called conidia and produces the mycotoxin sterigmatocystin (ST), the penultimate precursor of aflatoxins. It has been known that asexual development and ST production are tightly co-regulated by various regulatory inputs. Here, we report that the novel regulator AslA with a C2H2 domain oppositely regulates development and ST biosynthesis. Nullifying aslA resulted in defective conidiation and reduced expression of brlA encoding a key activator of asexual development, which indicates that AslA functions as an upstream activator of brlA expression...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421279/sporulation-how-to-survive-on-planet-earth-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Mingwei Huang, Christina M Hull
Sporulation is a strategy widely utilized by a wide variety of organisms to adapt to changes in their individual environmental niches and survive in time and/or space until they encounter conditions acceptable for vegetative growth. The spores produced by bacteria have been the subjects of extensive studies, and several systems such as Bacillus subtilis have provided ample opportunities to understand the molecular basis of spore biogenesis and germination. In contrast, the spores of other microbes, such as fungi, are relatively poorly understood...
April 18, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417188/comparative-transcriptome-sequence-analysis-of-sporulation-related-genes-of-aspergillus-cristatus-in-response-to-low-and-high-osmolarity
#16
Yongyi Ge, Fengming Yu, Yumei Tan, Xiaoling Zhang, Zuoyi Liu
Aspergillus cristatus undergoes sexual and asexual development under conditions of low and high osmotic pressure, respectively. In this study, the expression levels of 107 genes associated with sexual and asexual development were analysed under conditions of low and high osmotic pressure by RNA sequencing. The results showed that 37 genes were up-regulated and other genes were down-regulated under conditions of high osmotic pressure, with most of the up-regulated genes associated with asexual development and most down-regulated genes associated with sexual development...
April 17, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393907/involvement-of-a-velvet-protein-clvelb-in-the-regulation-of-vegetative-differentiation-oxidative-stress-response-secondary-metabolism-and-virulence-in-curvularia-lunata
#17
Jin-Xin Gao, Chuan-Jin Yu, Meng Wang, Jia-Nan Sun, Ya-Qian Li, Jie Chen
The ortholog of Aspergillus nidulans VelB, which is known as ClVelB, was studied to gain a broader insight into the functions of a velvet protein in Curvularia lunata. With the expected common and specific functions of ClVelB, the deletion of clvelB results in similar though not identical phenotypes. The pathogenicity assays revealed that ΔClVelB was impaired in colonizing the host tissue, which corresponds to the finding that ClVelB controls the production of conidia and the methyl 5-(hydroxymethyl) furan-2-carboxylate toxin in C...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387469/elucidation-of-biosynthetic-pathways-of-natural-products
#18
REVIEW
Shinji Kishimoto, Yuta Tsunematsu, Michio Sato, Kenji Watanabe
During the last decade, we have revealed biosynthetic pathways responsible for the formation of important and chemically complex natural products isolated from various organisms through genetic manipulation. Detailed in vivo and in vitro characterizations enabled elucidation of unexpected mechanisms of secondary metabolite biosynthesis. This personal account focuses on our recent efforts in identifying the genes responsible for the biosynthesis of spirotryprostatin, aspoquinolone, Sch 210972, pyranonigrin, fumagillin and pseurotin...
April 7, 2017: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379362/genetic-studies-on-the-physiological-role-of-corvet-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#19
Manuel S López-Berges, Herbert N Arst, Mario Pinar, Miguel A Peñalva
CORVET and HOPS are protein complexes mediating the maturation of early endosomes (EEs) into late endosomes (LEs)/vacuoles. These hetero-hexamers share four 'core' components, Vps11, Vps16, Vps18 and Vps33, and differ in two specific subunits, CORVET Vps8 and Vps3 and HOPS Vps39 and Vps41. Whereas ablating HOPS-specific components has minor growth effects, ablating any CORVET constituent severely debilitates Aspergillus nidulans growth, buttressing previous work indicating that maturation of EEs into LEs is physiologically crucial...
March 30, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373148/evaluation-of-the-in-vitro-activity-of-isavuconazole-and-comparator-voriconazole-against-2635-contemporary-clinical-candida-and-aspergillus-isolates
#20
K M T Astvad, R K Hare, M C Arendrup
OBJECTIVE: The in vitro activity of isavuconazole was determined for 1677 Candida and 958 Aspergillus isolates from 2012-2014 with voriconazole as comparator. METHODS: Aspergillus isolates were screened for resistance using azole-agar. Screening positive Aspergillus and all Candida isolates underwent EUCAST broth-microdilution testing. Isolates were categorised as wild-type (wt) or non-wt, adopting EUCAST ECOFFs (where available) or wt upper limits (wtULs; two 2-fold dilutions above the MIC50)...
March 31, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
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