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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770220/transcriptome-based-modeling-reveals-that-oxidative-stress-induces-modulation-of-the-atfa-dependent-signaling-networks-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#1
Erzsébet Orosz, Károly Antal, Zoltán Gazdag, Zsuzsa Szabó, Kap-Hoon Han, Jae-Hyuk Yu, István Pócsi, Tamás Emri
To better understand the molecular functions of the master stress-response regulator AtfA in Aspergillus nidulans, transcriptomic analyses of the atfA null mutant and the appropriate control strains exposed to menadione sodium bisulfite- (MSB-), t-butylhydroperoxide- and diamide-induced oxidative stresses were performed. Several elements of oxidative stress response were differentially expressed. Many of them, including the downregulation of the mitotic cell cycle, as the MSB stress-specific upregulation of FeS cluster assembly and the MSB stress-specific downregulation of nitrate reduction, tricarboxylic acid cycle, and ER to Golgi vesicle-mediated transport, showed AtfA dependence...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759016/molecular-basis-for-the-unusual-ring-reconstruction-in-fungal-meroterpenoid-biogenesis
#2
Takahiro Mori, Taiki Iwabuchi, Shotaro Hoshino, Hang Wang, Yudai Matsuda, Ikuro Abe
Trt14 from Aspergillus terreus is involved in unusual skeletal reconstruction during the biosynthesis of the fungal meroterpenoid terretonin. Detailed in vitro characterization revealed that this novel multifunctional enzyme catalyzes not only the D-ring expansion via intramolecular methoxy rearrangement, but also the hydrolysis of the expanded D-ring. The X-ray crystal structures of Trt14, in complex with substrate or product, and two Trt14 homologs, AusH and PrhC from Aspergillus nidulans and Penicillium brasilianum, respectively, indicated similar overall structures to those of the NTF2-like superfamily of enzymes, despite lacking sequence and functional similarities...
July 31, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753996/boron-tolerance-in-aspergillus-nidulans-is-sustained-by-the-slta-pathway-through-the-slc-family-transporters-sbta-and-sbtb
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María Villarino, Oier Etxebeste, Gorka Mendizabal, Aitor Garzia, Unai Ugalde, Eduardo A Espeso
Microbial cells interact with the environment by adapting to external changes. Signal transduction pathways participate in both sensing and responding in the form of modification of gene expression patterns, enabling cell survival. The filamentous fungal-specific SltA pathway regulates tolerance to alkalinity, elevated cation concentrations and, as shown in this work, also stress conditions induced by borates. Growth of sltA(-) mutants is inhibited by increasing millimolar concentrations of boric acid or borax (sodium tetraborate)...
July 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752814/a-matter-of-scale-and-dimensions-chromatin-of-chromosome-landmarks-in-the-fungi
#4
Allyson A Erlendson, Steven Friedman, Michael Freitag
Chromatin and chromosomes of fungi are highly diverse and dynamic, even within species. Much of what we know about histone modification enzymes, RNA interference, DNA methylation, and cell cycle control was first addressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Aspergillus nidulans, and Neurospora crassa. Here, we examine the three landmark regions that are required for maintenance of stable chromosomes and their faithful inheritance, namely, origins of DNA replication, telomeres and centromeres...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747316/mitotic-nuclear-pore-complex-segregation-involves-nup2-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#5
Subbulakshmi Suresh, Sarine Markossian, Aysha H Osmani, Stephen A Osmani
Transport through nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) during interphase is facilitated by the nucleoporin Nup2 via its importin α- and Ran-binding domains. However, Aspergillus nidulans and vertebrate Nup2 also locate to chromatin during mitosis, suggestive of mitotic functions. In this study, we report that Nup2 is required for mitotic NPC inheritance in A. nidulans Interestingly, the role of Nup2 during mitotic NPC segregation is independent of its importin α- and Ran-binding domains but relies on a central targeting domain that is necessary for localization and viability...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746736/defensive-repertoire-of-drosophila-larvae-in-response-to-toxic-fungi
#6
Monika Trienens, Ken Kraaijeveld, Bregje Wertheim
Chemical warfare including insecticidal secondary metabolites is a well-known strategy for environmental microbes to monopolize a food source. Insects in turn have evolved behavioural and physiological defences to eradicate or neutralize the harmful microorganisms. We studied the defensive repertoire of insects in this interference competition by combining behavioural and developmental assays with whole-transcriptome time-series analysis. Confrontation with the toxic filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans severely reduced the survival of Drosophila melanogaster larvae...
July 26, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738504/prevention-of-melanin-formation-during-aryl-alcohol-oxidase-production-under-growth-limited-conditions-using-an-aspergillus-nidulans-cell-factory
#7
Oscar Pardo-Planas, Rolf A Prade, Michael Müller, Hasan K Atiyeh, Mark R Wilkins
An Aspergillus nidulans cell factory was genetically engineered to produce an aryl alcohol oxidase (AAO). The cell factory initiated production of melanin when growth-limited conditions were established using stationary plates and shaken flasks. This phenomenon was more pronounced when the strain was cultured in a trickle bed reactor (TBR). This study investigated different approaches to reduce melanin formation in fungal mycelia and liquid medium in order to increase the enzyme production yield. Removal of copper from the medium recipe reduced melanin formation in agar cultures and increased enzyme activities by 48% in agitated liquid cultures...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729615/deletion-of-the-cela-gene-in-aspergillus-nidulans-triggers-overexpression-of-secondary-metabolite-biosynthetic-genes
#8
Gea Guerriero, Lucia Silvestrini, Sylvain Legay, Frank Maixner, Michael Sulyok, Jean-Francois Hausman, Joseph Strauss
Although much progress has been made in the study of cell wall biosynthetic genes in the model filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans, there are still targets awaiting characterization. An example is the gene celA (ANIA_08444) encoding a putative mixed linkage glucan synthase. To characterize the role of celA, we deleted it in A. nidulans, analyzed the phenotype of the mycelium and performed RNA-Seq. The strain shows a very strong phenotype, namely "balloons" along the hyphae and aberrant conidiophores, as well as an altered susceptibility to cell wall drugs...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712952/a-robust-high-throughput-fungal-biosensor-assay-for-the-detection-of-estrogen-activity
#9
Christoph Zutz, Karen Wagener, Desislava Yankova, Stefanie Eder, Erich Möstl, Marc Drillich, Kathrin Rychli, Martin Wagner, Joseph Strauss
Estrogenic active compounds are present in a variety of sources and may alter biological functions in vertebrates. Therefore, it is crucial to develop innovative analytical systems that allow us to screen a broad spectrum of matrices and deliver fast and reliable results. We present the adaptation and validation of a fungal biosensor for the detection of estrogen activity in cow derived samples and tested the clinical applicability for pregnancy diagnosis in 140 mares and 120 cows. As biosensor we used a previously engineered genetically modified strain of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans, which contains the human estrogen receptor alpha and a reporter construct, in which β-galactosidase gene expression is controlled by an estrogen-responsive-element...
July 14, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710860/coupling-the-pretreatment-and-hydrolysis-of-lignocellulosic-biomass-by-the-expression-of-beta-xylosidases
#10
Lucía Martín Pérez, Laura Benítez Casanova, Antonio Javier Moreno Pérez, Dolores Pérez Gómez, Sandra Gavaldá Martín, Laura Ledesma-García, Noelia Valbuena, Bruno Díez García, Francisco Manuel Reyes-Sosa
Thermochemical pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis are the areas contributing most to the operational costs of second generation ethanol in lignocellulosic biorefineries. The improvement of lignocellulosic enzyme cocktails has been significant in the recent years. Although the needs for the reduction of the energy intensity and chemical consumption in the pretreatment step are well known, the reduction of the severity of the process strongly affects the enzymatic hydrolysis yield. To explore the formulation requirements of the well known cellulolytic cocktail from Myceliophthora thermophila on mild pretreated raw materials, this cocktail was tested on steam exploded corn stover without acid impregnation...
July 15, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710635/steroid-11-alpha-hydroxylation-by-the-fungi-aspergillus-nidulans-and-aspergillus-ochraceus
#11
Lidia Ortega-de Los Ríos, José M Luengo, José M Fernández-Cañón
Steroids are a group of natural compounds derived from the cyclopentane-perhydro-phenantrene nucleus that have a great interest for the pharmaceutical industries as a consequence of their physiological effects. Among their functions are anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, or contraceptive activities. Nowadays, microbial transformation of steroid precursors is winning relevance opposite to the chemical synthesis, since it allows for decreasing time, expenses, and environmental pollution. Pharmaceutical industry tends to use cholesterol and phytosterols as starting materials due to their low cost...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694801/the-gata-type-transcription-factor-csm1-regulates-conidiation-and-secondary-metabolism-in-fusarium-fujikuroi
#12
Eva-Maria Niehaus, Julia Schumacher, Immo Burkhardt, Patrick Rabe, Eduard Spitzer, Martin Münsterkötter, Ulrich Güldener, Christian M K Sieber, Jeroen S Dickschat, Bettina Tudzynski
GATA-type transcription factors (TFs) such as the nitrogen regulators AreA and AreB, or the light-responsive TFs WC-1 and WC-2, play global roles in fungal growth and development. The conserved GATA TF NsdD is known as an activator of sexual development and key repressor of conidiation in Aspergillus nidulans, and as light-regulated repressor of macroconidia formation in Botrytis cinerea. In the present study, we functionally characterized the NsdD ortholog in Fusarium fujikuroi, named Csm1. Deletion of this gene resulted in elevated microconidia formation in the wild-type (WT) and restoration of conidiation in the non-sporulating velvet mutant Δvel1 demonstrating that Csm1 also plays a role as repressor of conidiation in F...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674377/sirtuin-a-regulates-secondary-metabolite-production-by-aspergillus-nidulans
#13
Eriko Itoh, Ryosuke Shigemoto, Ken-Ichi Oinuma, Motoyuki Shimizu, Shunsuke Masuo, Naoki Takaya
Late-stage cultures of filamentous fungi under nutrient starvation produce valuable secondary metabolites such as pharmaceuticals and pigments, as well as deleterious mycotoxins, all of which have remarkable structural diversity and wide-spectrum bioactivity. The fungal mechanisms regulating the synthesis of many of these compounds are not fully understood, but sirtuin A (SirA) is a key factor that initiates production of the secondary metabolites, sterigmatocystin and penicillin G, by Aspergillus nidulans...
July 1, 2017: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657694/the-aspergillus-nidulans-velvet-interacting-protein-vipa-is-involved-in-light-stimulated-heme-biosynthesis
#14
Julian Röhrig, Zhenzhong Yu, Keon-Sang Chae, Jog-Hwa Kim, Kap-Hoon Han, Reinhard Fischer
Filamentous fungi are able to differentiate morphologically and adapt the metabolism to internal and external cues. One major regulator is the so-called velvet protein, VeA, best studied in Aspergillus nidulans. The protein interacts with several other proteins to regulate light sensing, the balance between asexual and sexual development, penicillin biosynthesis or mycotoxin production. Here, we characterized a novel VeA-interacting protein, VipA. The 334 amino acid long protein comprises a FAR1-like DNA-binding domain, known from plant transcription factors like FHY3 (Far-red elongated hypocotyl 3)...
June 28, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634472/antifungal-activity-against-filamentous-fungi-of-ts1-a-multifunctional-toxin-from-tityus-serrulatus-scorpion-venom
#15
Welligton M Santussi, Karla C F Bordon, Ana P N Rodrigues Alves, Camila T Cologna, Suraia Said, Eliane C Arantes
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are ubiquitous and multipotent components of the innate immune defense arsenal used by both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. The search for new AMPs has increased in recent years, due to the growing development of microbial resistance to therapeutical drugs. In this work, we evaluate the effects of Tityus serrulatus venom (Tsv), its fractions and its major toxin Ts1, a beta-neurotoxin, on fungi growth. The fractions were obtained by ion-exchange chromatography of Tsv. The growth inhibition of 11 pathogenic and non-pathogenic filamentous fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus, A...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611736/copper-resistance-in-aspergillus-nidulans-relies-on-the-pi-type-atpase-crpa-regulated-by-the-transcription-factor-acea
#16
Martzel Antsotegi-Uskola, Ane Markina-Iñarrairaegui, Unai Ugalde
Copper homeostasis has been extensively studied in mammals, bacteria, and yeast, but it has not been well-documented in filamentous fungi. In this report, we investigated the basis of copper tolerance in the model fungus Aspergillus nidulans. Three genes involved in copper homeostasis have been characterized. First, crpA the A. nidulans ortholog of Candida albicans CaCRP1 gene encoding a PI-type ATPase was identified. The phenotype of crpA deletion led to a severe sensitivity to Cu(+2) toxicity and a characteristic morphological growth defect in the presence of high copper concentration...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605488/in-vitro-activity-of-the-novel-antifungal-compound-f901318-against-difficult-to-treat-aspergillus-isolates
#17
J B Buil, A J M M Rijs, J F Meis, M Birch, D Law, W J G Melchers, P E Verweij
Background: F901318 is a new antifungal agent with a novel mechanism of action with activity against Aspergillus species. We investigated the in vitro activity of F901318 against a collection of Aspergillus isolates. Methods: A total of 213 Aspergillus isolates were used in this study. A total of 143 Aspergillus fumigatus sensu stricto isolates were used, of which 133 were azole resistant [25 TR 34 /L98H; 25 TR 46 /Y121F/T289A; 33 A. fumigatus with cyp51A -associated point mutations (25 G54, 1 G432 and 7 M220); and 50 azole-resistant A...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604695/a-scalable-platform-to-identify-fungal-secondary-metabolites-and-their-gene-clusters
#18
Kenneth D Clevenger, Jin Woo Bok, Rosa Ye, Galen P Miley, Maria H Verdan, Thomas Velk, Cynthia Chen, KaHoua Yang, Matthew T Robey, Peng Gao, Matthew Lamprecht, Paul M Thomas, Md Nurul Islam, Jonathan M Palmer, Chengcang C Wu, Nancy P Keller, Neil L Kelleher
The genomes of filamentous fungi contain up to 90 biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) encoding diverse secondary metabolites-an enormous reservoir of untapped chemical potential. However, the recalcitrant genetics, cryptic expression, and unculturability of these fungi prevent scientists from systematically exploiting these gene clusters and harvesting their products. As heterologous expression of fungal BGCs is largely limited to the expression of single or partial clusters, we established a scalable process for the expression of large numbers of full-length gene clusters, called FAC-MS...
June 12, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595329/a-mechanism-for-a-single-nucleotide-intron-shift
#19
Erzsébet Fekete, Michel Flipphi, Norbert Ág, Napsugár Kavalecz, Gustavo Cerqueira, Claudio Scazzocchio, Levente Karaffa
Spliceosomal introns can occupy nearby rather than identical positions in orthologous genes (intron sliding or shifting). Stwintrons are complex intervening sequences, where an 'internal' intron interrupts one of the sequences essential for splicing, generating after its excision, a newly formed canonical intron defined as 'external'. In one experimentally demonstrated configuration, two alternatively excised internal introns, overlapping by one G, disrupt respectively the donor and the acceptor sequence of an external intron, leading to mRNAs encoding identical proteins...
June 8, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578805/expression-system-for-heterologous-protein-expression-in-the-filamentous-fungus-aspergillus-unguis
#20
Aravind Madhavan, Ashok Pandey, Rajeev K Sukumaran
Heterologous protein expression in filamentous fungi is advantageous, especially in the context of large scale production of high volume low value recombinant proteins. However, such systems are rare and not available in public domain. A novel filamentous fungus - Aspergillus unguis NII 08123 was used as host for developing a protein expression system. An expression cassette was assembled using A. nidulans glyceraldehyde 3 phosphate dehydrogenase promoter (Pgapd), tryptophan synthase transcription terminator (TtrpC) and hygromycin resistance gene (hph) as selection marker...
May 22, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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