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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686341/three-regulators-of-g-protein-signaling-differentially-affect-mating-morphology-and-virulence-in-the-smut-fungus-ustilago-maydis
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Marino Moretti, Lei Wang, Pierre Grognet, Daniel Lanver, Hannes Link, Regine Kahmann
Regulators of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins modulate heterotrimeric G protein signaling negatively. To broaden an understanding of the roles of RGS proteins in fungal pathogens, we functionally characterized the three RGS protein-encoding genes (rgs1, rgs2 and rgs3) in the phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis. We found that RGS proteins play distinct roles in the regulation of development and virulence. rgs1 had a minor role in virulence when deleted in a solopathogenic strain. In crosses, rgs1 was dispensable for mating and filamentation, but was required for teliospore production...
July 7, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616972/dss1-regulates-association-of-brh2-with-rad51
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Qingwen Zhou, William K Holloman
Brh2, the BRCA2 ortholog in the fungus Ustilago maydis, mediates delivery of Rad51 to DNA during the course of homology-directed DNA repair. Rad51 interacts with Brh2 through the highly conserved BRC element and through a second region termed CRE located at the extreme carboxy terminus. Dss1, a small intrinsically unstructured protein that interacts with Brh2, is crucial for its activity in DNA repair, but the mechanism of this regulation is uncertain. In previous studies, we found that interaction of Brh2 with DNA was strongly modulated by association with Dss1...
June 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611813/insights-into-host-cell-modulation-and-induction-of-new-cells-by-the-corn-smut-ustilago-maydis
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REVIEW
Amey Redkar, Alexandra Matei, Gunther Doehlemann
Many filamentous fungal pathogens induce drastic modulation of host cells causing abnormal infectious structures such as galls, or tumors that arise as a result of re-programming in the original developmental cell fate of a colonized host cell. Developmental consequences occur predominantly with biotrophic phytopathogens. This suggests that these host structures result as an outcome of efficient defense suppression and intimate fungal-host interaction to suit the pathogen's needs for completion of its infection cycle...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550409/lipid-droplets-accumulation-and-other-biochemical-changes-induced-in-the-fungal-pathogen-ustilago-maydis-under-nitrogen-starvation
#4
Lucero Romero Aguilar, Juan Pablo Pardo, Mónica Montero Lomelí, Oscar Ivan Luqueño Bocardo, Marco A Juárez Oropeza, Guadalupe Guerra Sánchez
In many organisms, the growth under nitrogen-deprivation or a poor nitrogen source impacts on the carbon flow distribution and causes accumulation of neutral lipids, which are stored as lipid droplets (LDs). Efforts are in progress to find the mechanism of LDs synthesis and degradation, and new organisms capable of accumulating large amounts of lipids for biotechnological applications. In this context, when Ustilago maydis was cultured in the absence of a nitrogen source, there was a large accumulation of lipid bodies containing mainly triacylglycerols...
May 26, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533815/efficient-itaconic-acid-production-from-glycerol-with-ustilago-vetiveriae-tz1
#5
Thiemo Zambanini, Hamed Hosseinpour Tehrani, Elena Geiser, Dorothee Merker, Sarah Schleese, Judith Krabbe, Joerg M Buescher, Guido Meurer, Nick Wierckx, Lars M Blank
BACKGROUND: The family of Ustilaginaceae is known for their capability to naturally produce industrially valuable chemicals from different carbon sources. Recently, several Ustilaginaceae were reported to produce organic acids from glycerol, which is the main side stream in biodiesel production. RESULTS: In this study, we present Ustilago vetiveriae as new production organism for itaconate synthesis from glycerol. In a screening of 126 Ustilaginaceae, this organism reached one of the highest titers for itaconate combined with a high-glycerol uptake rate...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512683/messenger-rna-transport-in-the-opportunistic-fungal-pathogen-candida-albicans
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REVIEW
Anne E McBride
Candida albicans, a common commensal fungus, can cause disease in immunocompromised hosts ranging from mild mucosal infections to severe bloodstream infections with high mortality rates. The ability of C. albicans cells to switch between a budding yeast form and an elongated hyphal form is linked to pathogenicity in animal models. Hyphal-specific proteins such as cell-surface adhesins and secreted hydrolases facilitate tissue invasion and host cell damage, but the specific mechanisms leading to asymmetric protein localization in hyphae remain poorly understood...
May 16, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479603/ustilago-maydis-effectors-and-their-impact-on-virulence
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REVIEW
Daniel Lanver, Marie Tollot, Gabriel Schweizer, Libera Lo Presti, Stefanie Reissmann, Lay-Sun Ma, Mariana Schuster, Shigeyuki Tanaka, Liang Liang, Nicole Ludwig, Regine Kahmann
Biotrophic fungal plant pathogens establish an intimate relationship with their host to support the infection process. Central to this strategy is the secretion of a range of protein effectors that enable the pathogen to evade plant immune defences and modulate host metabolism to meet its needs. In this Review, using the smut fungus Ustilago maydis as an example, we discuss new insights into the effector repertoire of smut fungi that have been gained from comparative genomics and discuss the molecular mechanisms by which U...
July 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468279/applying-unconventional-secretion-in-ustilago-maydis-for-the-export-of-functional-nanobodies
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Marius Terfrüchte, Michèle Reindl, Silke Jankowski, Parveen Sarkari, Michael Feldbrügge, Kerstin Schipper
Exploiting secretory pathways for production of heterologous proteins is highly advantageous with respect to efficient downstream processing. In eukaryotic systems the vast majority of heterologous proteins for biotechnological application is exported via the canonical endoplasmic reticulum-Golgi pathway. In the endomembrane system target proteins are often glycosylated and may thus be modified with foreign glycan patterns. This can be destructive for their activity or cause immune reactions against therapeutic proteins...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464849/transcriptome-analysis-of-smut-fungi-reveals-widespread-intergenic-transcription-and-conserved-antisense-transcript-expression
#9
Michael E Donaldson, Lauren A Ostrowski, Kristi M Goulet, Barry J Saville
BACKGROUND: Biotrophic fungal plant pathogens cause billions of dollars in losses to North American crops annually. The model for functional investigation of these fungi is Ustilago maydis. Its 20.5 Mb annotated genome sequence has been an excellent resource for investigating biotrophic plant pathogenesis. Expressed-sequence tag libraries and microarray hybridizations have provided insight regarding the type of transcripts produced by U. maydis but these analyses were not comprehensive and there were insufficient data for transcriptome comparison to other smut fungi...
May 2, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429489/transcriptional-analysis-of-the-adaptation-of-ustilago-maydis-during-growth-under-nitrogen-fixation-conditions
#10
José Alejandro Sánchez-Arreguin, Miguel Angel Hernandez-Oñate, Claudia Geraldine León-Ramirez, José Ruiz-Herrera
Regulation of genes involved in nitrogen metabolism likely plays a role in the ability of fungi to exploit and survive under different environmental situations. To learn about the mechanism of adaptation of the biotrophic fungus Ustilago maydis from a medium containing a source of fixed nitrogen, to a medium depending on the ability to fix N2 by its bacterial endosymbiont, we explored gene expression profiles using RNA-Seq analyses under these two conditions. The differentially expressed (DE) fungal genes were analyzed, identifying 90 genes that were regulated 24 h after shifting the fungus to media lacking ammonium nitrate as a nitrogen source...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422978/the-escrt-regulator-did2-maintains-the-balance-between-long-distance-endosomal-transport-and-endocytic-trafficking
#11
Carl Haag, Thomas Pohlmann, Michael Feldbrügge
In highly polarised cells, like fungal hyphae, early endosomes function in both endocytosis as well as long-distance transport of various cargo including mRNA and protein complexes. However, knowledge on the crosstalk between these seemingly different trafficking processes is scarce. Here, we demonstrate that the ESCRT regulator Did2 coordinates endosomal transport in fungal hyphae of Ustilago maydis. Loss of Did2 results in defective vacuolar targeting, less processive long-distance transport and abnormal shuttling of early endosomes...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421861/the-plant-dependent-life-cycle-of-thecaphora-thlaspeos-a-smut-fungus-adapted-to-brassicaceae
#12
Lamprinos Frantzeskakis, Kaitlyn J Courville, Lesley Plücker, Ronny Kellner, Julia Kruse, Andreas Brachmann, Michael Feldbrügge, Vera Göhre
Smut fungi are globally distributed plant pathogens that infect agriculturally important crop plants such as maize or potato. To date, molecular studies on plant responses to smut fungi are challenging due to the genetic complexity of their host plants. Therefore, we set out to investigate the known smut fungus of Brassicaceae hosts, Thecaphora thlaspeos. T. thlaspeos infects different Brassicaceae plant species throughout Europe, including the perennial model plant Arabis alpina. In contrast to characterized smut fungi, mature and dry T...
April 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410376/tuber-indicum-shapes-the-microbial-communities-of-ectomycorhizosphere-soil-and-ectomycorrhizae-of-an-indigenous-tree-pinus-armandii
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Qiang Li, Jian Zhao, Chuan Xiong, Xiaolin Li, Zuqin Chen, Ping Li, Wenli Huang
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of an ectomycorrhizal fungus (Tuber indicum) on the diversity of microbial communities associated with an indigenous tree, Pinus armandii, and the microbial communities in the surrounding ectomycorhizosphere soil. High-throughput sequencing was used to analyze the richness of microbial communities in the roots or rhizosphere of treatments with or without ectomycorrhizae. The results indicated that the bacterial diversity of ectomycorhizosphere soil was significantly lower compared with the control soil...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409458/labeling-of-peroxisomes-for-live-cell-imaging-in-the-filamentous-fungus-ustilago-maydis
#14
Sofia C Guimarães, Sreedhar Kilaru, Michael Schrader, Martin Schuster
The basidiomycete fungus Ustilago maydis has emerged as a powerful model organism to study fundamental biological processes. U. maydis shares many important features with human cells but provides the technical advantages of yeast. Recently, U. maydis has also been used to investigate fundamental processes in peroxisome biology. Here, we present an efficient yeast recombination-based cloning method to construct and express fluorescent fusion proteins (or conditional mutant protein alleles) which target peroxisomes in the fungus U...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402788/ustilago-maydis-the-corn-smut-fungus-has-an-unusual-diploid-mitotic-stage
#15
Karen Snetselaar, Michael McCann
Ustilago maydis causes common smut disease in maize. Although pathogenic diploid strains of the fungus have been known for many years, the normal life cycle was thought to involve an extended dikaryotic stage, with nuclear fusion occurring in immature teliospores. However, microscopic examination of both living and fixed tumor material showed that nuclei fuse long before sporulation begins and that tumors are filled with uninucleate cells undergoing mitosis. Quantification of DNA in the nuclei confirmed these observations...
2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352545/kp4-to-control-ustilago-tritici-in-wheat-enhanced-greenhouse-resistance-to-loose-smut-and-changes-in-transcript-abundance-of-pathogen-related-genes-in-infected-kp4-plants
#16
Carolina Diaz Quijano, Fabienne Wichmann, Thomas Schlaich, Alessandro Fammartino, Jana Huckauf, Kerstin Schmidt, Christoph Unger, Inge Broer, Christof Sautter
Ustilago tritici causes loose smut, which is a seed-borne fungal disease of wheat, and responsible for yield losses up to 40%. Loose smut is a threat to seed production in developing countries where small scale farmers use their own harvest as seed material. The killer protein 4 (KP4) is a virally encoded toxin from Ustilago maydis and inhibits growth of susceptible races of fungi from the Ustilaginales. Enhanced resistance in KP4 wheat to stinking smut, which is caused by Tilletia caries, had been reported earlier...
September 2016: Biotechnology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351675/spatial-organization-of-organelles-in-fungi-insights-from-mathematical-modelling
#17
Congping Lin, Gero Steinberg
Mathematical modelling in cellular systems aims to describe biological processes in a quantitative manner. Most accurate modelling is based on robust experimental data. Here we review recent progress in the theoretical description of motor behaviour, early endosome motility, ribosome distribution and peroxisome transport in the fungal model system Ustilago maydis and illustrate the power of modelling in our quest to understand molecular details and cellular roles of membrane trafficking in filamentous fungi...
June 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300143/estimating-the-abundance-of-airborne-pollen-and-fungal-spores-at-variable-elevations-using-an-aircraft-how-high-can-they-fly
#18
Athanasios Damialis, Evangelos Kaimakamis, Maria Konoglou, Ioannis Akritidis, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Dimitrios Gioulekas
Airborne pollen and fungal spores are monitored mainly in highly populated, urban environments, for allergy prevention purposes. However, their sources can frequently be located outside cities' fringes with more vegetation. So as to shed light to this paradox, we investigated the diversity and abundance of airborne pollen and fungal spores at various environmental regimes. We monitored pollen and spores using an aircraft and a car, at elevations from sea level to 2,000 m above ground, in the region of Thesssaloniki, Greece...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296205/the-fungal-umsrt1-and-maize-zmsut1-sucrose-transporters-battle-for-plant-sugar-resources
#19
Anke Wittek, Ingo Dreyer, Khaled A S Al-Rasheid, Norbert Sauer, Rainer Hedrich, Dietmar Geiger
The biotrophic fungus Ustilago maydis causes corn smut disease, inducing tumor formation in its host Zea mays. Upon infection, the fungal hyphae invaginate the plasma membrane of infected maize cells, establishing an interface where pathogen and host are separated only by their plasma membranes. At this interface the fungal and maize sucrose transporters, UmSrt1 and ZmSUT1, compete for extracellular sucrose in the corn smut/maize pathosystem. Here we biophysically characterized ZmSUT1 and UmSrt1 in Xenopus oocytes with respect to their voltage-, pH- and substrate-dependence and determined affinities toward protons and sucrose...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285895/transcriptomic-analysis-of-basidiocarp-development-in-ustilago-maydis-dc-cda
#20
C G León-Ramírez, J L Cabrera-Ponce, D Martínez-Soto, A Sánchez-Arreguin, E T Aréchiga-Carvajal, J Ruiz-Herrera
Previously, we demonstrated that when Ustilago maydis (DC) Cda., a phytopathogenic basidiomycete and the causal agent of corn smut, is grown in the vicinity of maize embryogenic calli in a medium supplemented with the herbicide Dicamba, it developed gastroid-like basidiocarps. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in the basidiocarp development by the fungus, we proceeded to analyze the transcriptome of the process, identifying a total of 2002 and 1064 differentially expressed genes at two developmental stages, young and mature basidiocarps, respectively...
March 7, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
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