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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926946/the-fungal-bzip-transcription-factor-atfb-controls-virulence-associated-processes-in-aspergillus-parasiticus
#1
Josephine Wee, Sung-Yong Hong, Ludmila V Roze, Devin M Day, Anindya Chanda, John E Linz
Fungal basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors mediate responses to oxidative stress. The ability to regulate stress response pathways in Aspergillus spp. was postulated to be an important virulence-associated cellular process, because it helps establish infection in humans, plants, and animals. Previous studies have demonstrated that the fungal transcription factor AtfB encodes a protein that is associated with resistance to oxidative stress in asexual conidiospores, and AtfB binds to the promoters of several stress response genes...
September 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892890/virulence-factors-detection-in-aspergillus-isolates-from-clinical-and-environmental-samples
#2
Raksha, Gurjeet Singh, A D Urhekar
INTRODUCTION: Pathogenesis of aspergillosis is dependent on various factors of the host (immune status) and virulence factors of the pathogen which could play a significant role in the pathogenesis of invasive aspergillosis. AIM: To study the virulence factors of Aspergillus species isolated from patient samples and environmental samples. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective and experimental study was carried out at Department of Microbiology, MGM Medical College and Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, from July 2014 to June 2015...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887465/host-immune-status-specific-production-of-gliotoxin-and-bis-methyl-gliotoxin-during-invasive-aspergillosis-in-mice
#3
Janyce A Sugui, Stacey R Rose, Glenn Nardone, Muthulekha Swamydas, Chyi-Chia R Lee, Kyung J Kwon-Chung, Michail S Lionakis
Delayed diagnosis in invasive aspergillosis (IA) contributes to its high mortality. Gliotoxin (GT) and bis-methyl-gliotoxin (bmGT) are secondary metabolites produced by Aspergillus during invasive, hyphal growth and may prove diagnostically useful. Because IA pathophysiology and GT's role in virulence vary depending on the underlying host immune status, we hypothesized that GT and bmGT production in vivo may differ in three mouse models of IA that mimic human disease. We defined temporal kinetics of GT and bmGT in serum, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and lungs of A...
September 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883473/identification-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-udp-galactopyranose-mutase-inhibitors
#4
Julia S Martin Del Campo, Meital Eckshtain-Levi, Nancy J Vogelaar, Pablo Sobrado
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic human pathogen responsible for deadly, invasive infections in immunocompromised patients. The A. fumigatus cell wall is a complex network of polysaccharides among them galactofuran, which is absent in humans. UDP-galactopyranose mutase (UGM) catalyzes the conversion of UDP-galactofuranose (UDP-Galf) to UDP-galactopyranose (UDP-Galp) and is an important virulence factor. UGM is a flavin-dependent enzyme that requires the reduced flavin for activity; flavin reduction is achieved by reaction with NADPH...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868050/biofilm-formation-by-pseudallescheria-scedosporium-species-a-comparative-study
#5
Rodrigo Rollin-Pinheiro, Jardel V de Meirelles, Taissa V M Vila, Beatriz B Fonseca, Vinicius Alves, Susana Frases, Sonia Rozental, Eliana Barreto-Bergter
Pseudallescheria/Scedosporium species are medically important fungi that are present in soil and human impacted areas and capable of causing a wide spectrum of diseases in humans. Although little is known about their pathogenesis, their growth process and infection routes are very similar to those of Aspergillus species, which grow as biofilms in invasive infections. All nine strains tested here displayed the ability to grow as biofilms in vitro and to produce a dense network of interconnected hyphae on both polystyrene and the surfaces of central venous catheters, but with different characteristics...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860065/chitosan-extracted-from-aspergillus-flavus-shows-synergistic-effect-eases-quorum-sensing-mediated-virulence-factors-and-biofilm-against-nosocomial-pathogen-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#6
Sahira Nsayef Muslim, Israa M S Al Kadmy, Alaa Naseer Mohammed Ali, Batool Kadham Salman, Mohammad Ahmad, Saba Saadoon Khazaal, Nadheema Hammood Hussein, Sraa Nsayef Muslim
The biological methods for extraction of chitosan were used as alternative procedures for chemical methods In biological methods, the chitosan was extracted from A. flavus by using of Lactobacillus paracasei for demineralization and Bacillus subtilis for deproteinization. The yield of extracted chitosan reached to 53.8%, pH was 7.8 and complete solubility in 1% acitic acid. Purified chitosan had the ability to reduce the biofilm forming capacity of P. aeruginosa clearly visible in light microscopic staining and scanning electron microscopy...
August 28, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827626/ergot-alkaloids-contribute-to-virulence-in-an-insect-model-of-invasive-aspergillosis
#7
Daniel G Panaccione, Stephanie L Arnold
Neosartorya fumigata (Aspergillus fumigatus) is the most common cause of invasive aspergillosis, a frequently fatal lung disease primarily affecting immunocompromised individuals. This opportunistic fungal pathogen produces several classes of specialised metabolites including products of a branch of the ergot alkaloid pathway called fumigaclavines. The biosynthesis of the N. fumigata ergot alkaloids and their relation to those produced by alternate pathway branches in fungi from the plant-inhabiting Clavicipitaceae have been well-characterised, but the potential role of these alkaloids in animal pathogenesis has not been studied extensively...
August 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820551/fungal-endocarditis-due-to-aspergillus-oryzae-the-first-case-reported-in-the-literature
#8
Andrea Mazza, Nicola Luciani, Marco Luciani, Federico Cammertoni, Alessia Giaquinto, Natalia Pavone, Piergiorgio Bruno, Massimo Massetti
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe disease with high mortality and morbidity. Prosthetic valve endocarditis is a life-threatening complication which can occur in less than 10% of patients with valve prosthesis. A fungal etiology of IE is rare and accounts for only 2-4% of all case of endocarditis, but is associated with a higher mortality and morbidity. Herein is reported the first case of fungal endocarditis of aortic valve prosthesis due to Aspergillus oryzae in a 67-year-old caucasian man who nine years previously underwent mitral and aortic valve replacement with mechanical prostheses, and tricuspid annuloplasty for acute IE due to Enterococcus spp...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803907/cu-sensing-transcription-factor-mac1-coordinates-with-the-ctr-transporter-family-to-regulate-cu-acquisition-and-virulence-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#9
Zhendong Cai, Wenlong Du, Qiuqiong Zeng, Nanbiao Long, Chuanchao Dai, Ling Lu
Copper (Cu) is an essential trace element and is regarded as an important virulence factor in fungal pathogens. Previous studies suggest that a putative Cu-sensing transcription factor Mac1 and the Cu transporter Ctr family play important roles during fungal development and virulence. However, how Cu importers of the Ctr family are involved in the Cu acquisition and what is the functional relationship between them have not been fully investigated yet. Here, we demonstrate that the yeast Mac1 homolog in the opportunistic human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus is required during colony development under low Cu conditions...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791878/role-of-ergothioneine-in-microbial-physiology-and-pathogenesis
#10
Bridgette M Cumming, Krishna C Chinta, Vineel P Reddy, Adrie J C Steyn
SIGNIFICANCE: L-ergothioneine is synthesized in actinomycetes, cyanobacteria, methylobacteria, and some fungi. In contrast to other low-molecular-weight redox buffers, glutathione and mycothiol, ergothioneine is primarily present as a thione rather than a thiol at physiological pH, which makes it resistant to autoxidation. Ergothioneine regulates microbial physiology and enables the survival of microbes under stressful conditions encountered in their natural environments. In particular, ergothioneine enables pathogenic microbes, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), to withstand hostile environments within the host to establish infection...
September 8, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753224/aspergillus%C3%A2-fumigatus-protein-phosphatase-ppza-is-involved-in-iron-assimilation-secondary-metabolite-production-and-virulence
#11
Adriana Oliveira Manfiolli, Patrícia Alves de Castro, Thaila Fernanda Dos Reis, Stephen Dolan, Sean Doyle, Gary Jones, Diego M Riaño Pachón, Mevlüt Ulaş, Luke M Noble, Derek J Mattern, Axel A Brakhage, Vito Valiante, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Ozgur Bayram, Gustavo H Goldman
Metal restriction imposed by mammalian hosts during an infection is a common mechanism of defence to reduce or avoid the pathogen infection. Metals are essential for organism survival due to its involvement in several biological processes. Aspergillus fumigatus causes invasive aspergillosis, a disease that typically manifests in immunocompromised patients. A. fumigatus PpzA, the catalytic subunit of protein phosphatase Z (PPZ), has been recently identified as associated with iron assimilation. A. fumigatus has 2 high-affinity mechanisms of iron acquisition during infection: reductive iron assimilation and siderophore-mediated iron uptake...
July 28, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743811/structural-and-in-vivo-studies-on-trehalose-6-phosphate-synthase-from-pathogenic-fungi-provide-insights-into-its-catalytic-mechanism-biological-necessity-and-potential-for-novel-antifungal-drug-design
#12
Yi Miao, Jennifer L Tenor, Dena L Toffaletti, Stacey A Maskarinec, Jiuyu Liu, Richard E Lee, John R Perfect, Richard G Brennan
The disaccharide trehalose is critical to the survival of pathogenic fungi in their human host. Trehalose-6-phosphate synthase (Tps1) catalyzes the first step of trehalose biosynthesis in fungi. Here, we report the first structures of eukaryotic Tps1s in complex with substrates or substrate analogues. The overall structures of Tps1 from Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus are essentially identical and reveal N- and C-terminal Rossmann fold domains that form the glucose-6-phosphate and UDP-glucose substrate binding sites, respectively...
July 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737735/the-putative-histone-methyltransferase-dot1-regulates-aflatoxin-and-pathogenicity-attributes-in-aspergillus-flavus
#13
Linlin Liang, Yinghang Liu, Kunlong Yang, Guinan Lin, Zhangling Xu, Huahui Lan, Xiuna Wang, Shihua Wang
Lysine methyltransferases transfer methyl groups in specific lysine sites, which regulates a variety of important biological processes in eukaryotes. In this study, we characterized a novel homolog of the yeast methyltransferase DOT1 in A. flavus, and observed the roles of dot1 in A. flavus. Deletion of dot1 showed a significant decrease in conidiation, but an increase in sclerotia formation. A change in viability to multiple stresses was also found in the Δdot1 mutant. Additionally, aflatoxin (AF) production was found severely impaired in the Δdot1 mutant...
July 24, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720735/a-nonredundant-phosphopantetheinyl-transferase-ppta-is-a-novel-antifungal-target-that-directs-secondary-metabolite-siderophore-and-lysine-biosynthesis-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-and-is-critical-for-pathogenicity
#14
Anna Johns, Daniel H Scharf, Fabio Gsaller, Hella Schmidt, Thorsten Heinekamp, Maria Straßburger, Jason D Oliver, Mike Birch, Nicola Beckmann, Katharine S Dobb, Jane Gilsenan, Bharatkumar Rash, Elaine Bignell, Axel A Brakhage, Michael J Bromley
Secondary metabolites are key mediators of virulence for many pathogens. Aspergillus fumigatus produces a vast array of these bioactive molecules, the biosynthesis of which is catalyzed by nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) or polyketide synthases (PKSs). Both NRPSs and PKSs harbor carrier domains that are primed for acceptance of secondary metabolic building blocks by a phosphopantetheinyl transferase (P-pant). The A. fumigatus P-pant PptA has been shown to prime the putative NRPS Pes1 in vitro and has an independent role in lysine biosynthesis; however, its role in global secondary metabolism and its impact on virulence has not been described...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716113/whole-metagenome-profiles-of-particulates-collected-from-the-international-space-station
#15
Nicholas A Be, Aram Avila-Herrera, Jonathan E Allen, Nitin Singh, Aleksandra Checinska Sielaff, Crystal Jaing, Kasthuri Venkateswaran
BACKGROUND: The built environment of the International Space Station (ISS) is a highly specialized space in terms of both physical characteristics and habitation requirements. It is unique with respect to conditions of microgravity, exposure to space radiation, and increased carbon dioxide concentrations. Additionally, astronauts inhabit a large proportion of this environment. The microbial composition of ISS particulates has been reported; however, its functional genomics, which are pertinent due to potential impact of its constituents on human health and operational mission success, are not yet characterized...
July 17, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701066/the-cell-wall-of-the-human-fungal-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus-biosynthesis-organization-immune-response-and-virulence
#16
Jean-Paul Latgé, Anne Beauvais, Georgios Chamilos
More than 90% of the cell wall of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus comprises polysaccharides. Biosynthesis of the cell wall polysaccharides is under the control of three types of enzymes: transmembrane synthases, which are anchored to the plasma membrane and use nucleotide sugars as substrates, and cell wall-associated transglycosidases and glycosyl hydrolases, which are responsible for remodeling the de novo synthesized polysaccharides and establishing the three-dimensional structure of the cell wall...
July 12, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694801/the-gata-type-transcription-factor-csm1-regulates-conidiation-and-secondary-metabolism-in-fusarium-fujikuroi
#17
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/28677124/myba-a-transcription-factor-involved-in-conidiation-and-conidial-viability-of-the-human-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus
#18
Isabel Valsecchi, Özlem Sarikaya-Bayram, Joanne Wong Sak Hoi, Laetitia Muszkieta, John Gibbons, Marie-Christine Prevost, Adeline Mallet, Jacomina Krijnse-Locker, Oumaima Ibrahim-Granet, Isabelle Mouyna, Paul Carr, Michael Bromley, Vishukumar Aimanianda, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Antonis Rokas, Gerhard H Braus, Cosmin Saveanu, Özgür Bayram, Jean Paul Latgé
Aspergillus fumigatus, a ubiquitous human fungal pathogen, produces asexual spores (conidia), which are the main mode of propagation, survival and infection of this human pathogen. In this study, we present the molecular characterization of a novel regulator of conidiogenesis and conidial survival called MybA because the predicted protein contains a Myb DNA binding motif. Cellular localization of the MybA::Gfp fusion and immunoprecipitation of the MybA::Gfp or MybA::3xHa protein showed that MybA is localized to the nucleus...
July 5, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658594/targeting-protein-localization-for-anti-infective-therapy
#19
J Andrew Alspaugh
Invasive fungal infections are devastating complications of immunocompromised patients. These infections are notoriously difficult to treat given the surprising degree of physiological similarity between fungi and the infected mammalian host. To explore novel targets for antifungal therapy, investigators have studied enzymes involved in the post-translational modification of highly conserved signaling proteins such as the Ras-like GTPases. These modifications are often required for protein localization and function...
June 28, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652019/sphingolipids-from-the-human-fungal-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus
#20
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Thierry Fontaine
Sphingolipids (SPLs) are key components of the plasma membrane in yeast and filamentous fungi. These molecules are involved in a number of cellular processes, and particularly, SGLs are essential components of the highly polarized fungal growth where they are required for the formation of the polarisome organization at the hyphal apex. Aspergillus fumigatus, a human fungal pathogen, produce SGLs that are discriminated into neutral cerebrosides, glycosylinositolphosphoceramides (GIPCs) and glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors...
June 23, 2017: Biochimie
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