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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
#1
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
#2
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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...
January 9, 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
#7
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...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087934/fungal-cell-cycle-a-unicellular-versus-multicellular-comparison
#8
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
#9
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 report MTs are regulated to depolymerize within forming fungal biofilms. During this process EB1, dynein and ClipA form transient fibrous then bar-like structures, novel configurations for +TIPS. Cells also respond in an automatous 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 media of biofilms...
January 5, 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
#10
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052140/a-novel-zn2-cys6-transcription-factor-atrr-plays-a-key-role-in-an-azole-resistance-mechanism-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-by-co-regulating-cyp51a-and-cdr1b-expressions
#11
Daisuke Hagiwara, Daisuke Miura, Kiminori Shimizu, Sanjoy Paul, Ayumi Ohba, Tohru Gonoi, Akira Watanabe, Katsuhiko Kamei, Takahiro Shintani, W Scott Moye-Rowley, Susumu Kawamoto, Katsuya Gomi
Successful treatment of aspergillosis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus is threatened by an increasing incidence of drug resistance. This situation is further complicated by the finding that strains resistant to azoles, the major antifungal drugs for aspergillosis, have been widely disseminated across the globe. To elucidate mechanisms underlying azole resistance, we identified a novel transcription factor that is required for normal azole resistance in Aspergillus fungi including A. fumigatus, Aspergillus oryzae, and Aspergillus nidulans...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051135/the-mitotic-kinesin-14-klpa-contains-a-context-dependent-directionality-switch
#12
Andrew R Popchock, Kuo-Fu Tseng, Pan Wang, P Andrew Karplus, Xin Xiang, Weihong Qiu
Kinesin-14s are commonly known as nonprocessive minus end-directed microtubule motors that function mainly for mitotic spindle assembly. Here we show using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy that KlpA-a kinesin-14 from Aspergillus nidulans-is a context-dependent bidirectional motor. KlpA exhibits plus end-directed processive motility on single microtubules, but reverts to canonical minus end-directed motility when anchored on the surface in microtubule-gliding experiments or interacting with a pair of microtubules in microtubule-sliding experiments...
January 4, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049705/an-evolutionarily-conserved-transcriptional-activator-repressor-module-controls-expression-of-genes-for-d-galacturonic-acid-utilization-in-aspergillus-niger
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Jing Niu, Ebru Alazi, Ian D Reid, Mark Arentshorst, Peter J Punt, Jaap Visser, Adrian Tsang, Arthur F J Ram
The expression of genes encoding extracellular polymer-degrading enzymes and the metabolic pathways required for carbon utilization in fungi are tightly controlled. The control is mediated by transcription factors that are activated by the presence of specific inducers, which are often monomers or monomeric derivatives of the polymers. A D-galacturonic acid-specific transcription factor named GaaR was recently identified and shown to be an activator for the expression of genes involved in galacturonic acid utilization in Botrytis cinerea and Aspergillus niger Using a forward genetic screen, we isolated A...
January 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034798/phospholipid-flippases-dnfa-and-dnfb-exhibit-differential-dynamics-within-the-a-nidulans-spitzenk%C3%A3-rper
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Zachary Schultzhaus, Wenhui Zheng, Zonghua Wang, Rosa Mouriño-Pérez, Brian Shaw
The Spitzenkörper is a structure at the apex of growing cells in many filamentous fungi. Ultrastructural studies indicate that the Spitzenkörper is an organized mass of secretory vesicles, with different types of vesicles present in outer and inner layers. Here, we used live-cell imaging to demonstrate that the phospholipid flippases DnfA and DnfB, which preferentially localize to the outer and inner layers, respectively, exhibit different dynamics in the Spitzenkörper of Aspergillus nidulans. Additionally, deletion of dnfA partially destabilized the Spitzenkörper, while the depletion of cdc50, an essential β-subunit of most flippases, had dramatic effects on hyphal tip organization and morphology...
December 26, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030573/cation-stress-responsive-transcription-factors-slta-and-crza-regulate-morphogenetic-processes-and-pathogenicity-of-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
#15
Amit K Dubey, Shiri Barad, Neta Luria, Dilip Kumar, Eduardo A Espeso, Dov B Prusky
Growth of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides in the presence of cation salts NaCl and KCl inhibited fungal growth and anthracnose symptom of colonization. Previous reports indicate that adaptation of Aspergillus nidulans to salt- and osmotic-stress conditions revealed the role of zinc-finger transcription factors SltA and CrzA in cation homeostasis. Homologs of A. nidulans SltA and CrzA were identified in C. gloeosporioides. The C. gloeosporioides CrzA homolog is a 682-amino acid protein, which contains a C2H2 zinc finger DNA-binding domain that is highly conserved among CrzA proteins from yeast and filamentous fungi...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011085/self-excising-cre-mutant-lox-marker-recycling-system-for-multiple-gene-integrations-and-consecutive-gene-deletions-in-aspergillus-oryzae
#16
Silai Zhang, Akihiko Ban, Naoki Ebara, Osamu Mizutani, Mizuki Tanaka, Takahiro Shintani, Katsuya Gomi
In this study, we developed a self-excising Cre/loxP-mediated marker recycling system with mutated lox sequences to introduce a number of biosynthetic genes into Aspergillus oryzae. To construct the self-excising marker cassette, both the selectable marker, the Aspergillus nidulans adeA gene, and the Cre recombinase gene (cre), conditionally expressed by the xylanase-encoding gene promoter, were designed to be located between the mutant lox sequences, lox66 and lox71. However, construction of the plasmid failed, possibly owing to a slight expression of cre downstream of the fungal gene promoter in Escherichia coli...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999967/high-yield-production-of-aryl-alcohol-oxidase-under-limited-growth-conditions-in-small-scale-systems-using-a-mutant-aspergillus-nidulans-strain
#17
Oscar Pardo-Planas, Rolf A Prade, Mark R Wilkins
Aryl alcohol oxidase (MtGloA) is an enzyme that belongs to the ligninolytic consortium and can play an important role in the bioenergy industry. This study investigated production of an MtGloA client enzyme by a mutant strain of Aspergillus nidulans unable to synthesize its own pyridoxine. Pyridoxine limitation can be used to control cell growth, diverting substrate to protein production. In agitated culture, enzyme production was similar when using media with 1 mg/L and without pyridoxine (26.64 ± 6.14 U/mg mycelia and 26...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978657/engineering-fungal-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-like-enzymes-by-heterologous-expression-and-domain-swapping
#18
Johannes W A van Dijk, Chun-Jun Guo, Clay C C Wang
A facile genetic methodology in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans allowed the exchange of various domains in nonribosomal peptide synthase (NRPS)-like enzymes from Aspergillus terreus. The newly generated engineered enzymes are capable of producing compounds with different chemical structures than its parent enzyme in vivo. This work provides insight in the programing of nonribosomal peptide biosynthesis in filamentous fungi.
December 16, 2016: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933036/functional-analysis-of-the-nitrogen-metabolite-repression-regulator-gene-nmra-in-aspergillus-flavus
#19
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
#20
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...
February 15, 2017: Gene
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