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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424845/the-regulatory-role-of-the-transcription-factor-crz1-in-stress-tolerance-pathogenicity-and-its-target-gene-expression-in-metarhizium-acridum
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Xing Chen, Yuanze Liu, Nemat O Keyhani, Yuxian Xia, Yueqing Cao
In fungi, the Ca(2+)/calcineurin signaling pathway is critical in mediating growth, morphology, stress responses, and pathogenicity. Crz1 is a calcineurin-responsive zinc finger transcription factor. Here, MaCrz1 was identified and functionally characterized in the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium acridum by characterization of a targeted gene knockout strain. Conidia of the ΔMacrz1 mutant were aberrant in cell surface features and lacked the characteristic hydrophobic rodlet layer, and the mutant displayed increased sensitivity to oxidative stress, cell wall perturbing agents, heat stress, and ultraviolet irradiation as compared to the wild-type and complemented strains...
April 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424511/response-of-peanut-arachis-hypogaea-roots-to-the-presence-of-beneficial-and-pathogenic-fungi-by-transcriptome-analysis
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Kun Hao, Feng Wang, Xiangqun Nong, Mark Richard McNeill, Shaofang Liu, Guangjun Wang, Guangchun Cao, Zehua Zhang
Entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae obtain survival benefit meanwhile promote the nutrient absorption of root as an endophyte. However, little is known concerning molecular mechanisms in the process. We performed the transcriptome sequencing of A. hypogaea roots inoculated M. anisopliae and pathogenic Fusarium axysporum, respectively. There were 81323 unigenes from 132023 transcripts. Total 203 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) respond to the two fungi, including specific 76 and 34 DEGs distributed respectively in M...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330129/the-recombinant-pea-defensin-drr230a-is-active-against-impacting-soybean-and-cotton-pathogenic-fungi-from-the-genera-fusarium-colletotrichum-and-phakopsora
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Ariane Ferreira Lacerda, Rafael Perseghini Del Sarto, Marilia Santos Silva, Erico Augusto Rosas de Vasconcelos, Roberta Ramos Coelho, Vanessa Olinto Dos Santos, Claudia Vieira Godoy, Claudine Dinali Santos Seixas, Maria Cristina Mattar da Silva, Maria Fatima Grossi-de-Sa
Plant defensins are antifungal peptides produced by the innate immune system plants developed to circumvent fungal infection. The defensin Drr230a, originally isolated from pea, has been previously shown to be active against various entomopathogenic and phytopathogenic fungi. In the present study, the activity of a yeast-expressed recombinant Drr230a protein (rDrr230a) was tested against impacting soybean and cotton fungi. First, the gene was subcloned into the yeast expression vector pPICZαA and expressed in Pichia pastoris...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301168/deletion-of-a-histone-acetyltransferase-leads-to-the-pleiotropic-activation-of-natural-products-in-metarhizium-robertsii
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Aili Fan, Wubin Mi, Zhiguo Liu, Guohong Zeng, Peng Zhang, Youcai Hu, Weiguo Fang, Wen-Bing Yin
Histone deacetylation normally decreases the gene expression in organisms. By genome-wide deletions of epigenetic regulators in entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii, unexpected activations of orphan secondary metabolite genes have been found upon the disruption of a histone acetyltransferase (HAT) gene Hat1. This led to the characterization of 11 new natural products, including eight isocoumarin derivatives meromusides A-H and two nonribosomal peptides meromutides A and B. Therefore, disruption of HAT represents a new approach to mine chemical diversity from fungi...
April 7, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276124/two-eisosome-proteins-play-opposite-roles-in-autophagic-control-and-sustain-cell-integrity-function-and-pathogenicity-in-beauveria-bassiana
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Long-Bin Zhang, Li Tang, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Pil1A and Pil1B are two core eisosome proteins that are homologous to yeast Pil1/Lsp1 or filamentous fungal Pil1A/Pil1B but have been unexplored in entomopathogenic fungi. Here we examined subcellular localization and functions of Pil1A and Pil1B in Beauveria bassiana, a fungal insect pathogen. Either localization or co-localization experiments of the two proteins demonstrated that Pil1A and Pil1B were simultaneously localized at the periphery of hyphal cells for formation of stable, punctuate spots in B. bassiana...
March 9, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215355/differential-dna-methylation-may-contribute-to-temporal-and-spatial-regulation-of-gene-expression-and-the-development-of-mycelia-and-conidia-in-entomopathogenic-fungus-metarhizium-robertsii
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Wanzhen Li, Yulong Wang, Jianyu Zhu, Zhangxun Wang, Guiliang Tang, Bo Huang
Conidia and mycelia are two important developmental stages in the asexual life cycle of entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium. Despite the crucial role that DNA methylation plays in many biological processes, its role in regulation of gene expression and development in fungi is not yet fully understood. We performed genome-wide analysis of DNA methylation patterns of an M. robertsii strain with single base pair resolution. Specifically, we examined for changes in methylation patterns between the conidia and mycelia stages...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130299/dicer-and-argonaute-genes-involved-in-rna-interference-in-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-metarhizium-robertsii
#7
Huimin Meng, Zhangxun Wang, Yulong Wang, Hong Zhu, Bo Huang
RNA interference (RNAi) is a gene-silencing mechanism that plays an important role in gene regulation in a number of eukaryotic organisms. Two core components, Dicer and Argonaute, are central in the RNAi machinery. However, the physiological roles of Dicer and Argonaute in the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii have remained unclear. Here, the roles of genes encoding Dicer (M. robertsiidcl1 [Mrdcl1] and Mrdcl2) and Argonaute (Mrago1 and Mrago2) proteins in M. robertsii were investigated. The results showed that the Dicer-like protein MrDCL2 and Argonaute protein MrAGO1 are the major components of the RNAi process occurring in M...
April 1, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124726/species-diversity-and-population-dynamics-of-entomopathogenic-fungal-species-in-the-genus-metarhizium-a-spatiotemporal-study
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Carmela Hernández-Domínguez, Ariel W Guzmán-Franco
We studied the species diversity and population genetic structure of isolates of fungi from the entomopathogenic genus Metarhizium that had been isolated from sugarcane crops and surrounding grass. Soil and leaf samples were taken on four sampling occasions over 13 months (October 2014-October 2015). Isolations were made using the Galleria mellonella baiting method and selective media. Phylogenetic placement of isolates was done by sequencing a fragment of the 5' of the elongation factor 1-α gene (EF1-α)...
January 26, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094453/down-regulation-of-a-chitin-synthase-a-gene-by-rna-interference-enhances-pathogenicity-of-beauveria-bassiana-anu1-against-spodoptera-exigua-h%C3%A3-bner
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Jung-Bok Lee, Hyun Soo Kim, Youngjin Park
Chitin synthase (CHS) is an important enzymatic component, which is required for chitin formation in the cuticles and cuticular linings of other tissues in insects. CHSs have been divided into two classes, classes A and B, based on their amino acid sequence similarities and functions. Class A CHS (CHS-A) is specifically expressed in the epidermis and related ectodermal cells such as tracheal cells, while class B CHS (CHS-B) is expressed in gut epithelial cells that produce peritrophic matrices. In this study, we cloned the CHS-A gene from the beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua (SeCHS-A)...
February 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089049/variation-in-virulence-of-beauveria-bassiana-and-b-pseudobassiana-to-the-pine-weevil-pissodes-nemorensis-in-relation-to-mycelium-characteristics-and-virulence-genes
#10
Pedro Romón, Hardus Hatting, Arturo Goldarazena, Juan Carlos Iturrondobeitia
Entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria spp. have potential applications in the biocontrol of insect pests but little is known regarding their infectivity to the pine weevil Pissodes nemorensis. In this study, five isolates of Beauveria pseudobassiana and five isolates of Beauveria bassiana were tested for characteristics correlating with virulence on P. nemorensis. Isolate UAMH301 had the lowest mean lethal concentration value whereas the highest value was obtained with isolate LRC137. Growth rate was negatively correlated with virulence in B...
February 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065703/molecular-identification-of-entomopathogenic-fusarium-species-associated-with-tribolium-species-in-stored-grains
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Khosrow Chehri
Fusarium species are common pathogens of plants, animals and insects worldwide, including Iran. The occurrence of entomopathogenic Fusarium species isolated from Tribolium species as one of the most important insect pests of stored grains were sampled from various provinces in western Iran. In total, 15 Tribolium species belonging to T. castaneum (Herbst) and T. confusum (Du Val) (Col: Tenebrionidae) were detected and 8 isolates from Fusarium spp. were collected from them. Based on morphological features, the Fusarium isolates were classified into F...
March 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018335/metabolic-conservation-and-diversification-of-metarhizium-species-correlate-with-fungal-host-specificity
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Yong-Jiang Xu, Feifei Luo, Bing Li, Yanfang Shang, Chengshu Wang
The ascomycete genus Metarhizium contains several species of insect pathogenic fungi ranging from specialists with narrow host ranges to generalists that can infect diverse invertebrates. Genetic and metabolic conservations and diversifications of Metarhizium species are not well understood. In this study, using the genome information of seven Metarhizium species, we performed a comparative analysis of gene clusters involved in secondary metabolisms (SMs) in these species. The results revealed that the generalist species contain more SM gene clusters than the specialists, and that both conserved and divergent evolutions may have occurred in SM genes during fungal speciation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905873/comparative-genomics-of-beauveria-bassiana-uncovering-signatures-of-virulence-against-mosquitoes
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Claudio A Valero-Jiménez, Luigi Faino, Daphne Spring In't Veld, Sandra Smit, Bas J Zwaan, Jan A L van Kan
BACKGROUND: Entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria bassiana are promising biological agents for control of malaria mosquitoes. Indeed, infection with B. bassiana reduces the lifespan of mosquitoes in the laboratory and in the field. Natural isolates of B. bassiana show up to 10-fold differences in virulence between the most and the least virulent isolate. In this study, we sequenced the genomes of five isolates representing the extremes of low/high virulence and three RNA libraries, and applied a genome comparison approach to uncover genetic mechanisms underpinning virulence...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867018/chitin-synthase-1-gene-is-crucial-to-antifungal-host-defense-of-the-model-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
#14
Yuuki Hayakawa, Daiki Kato, Katsumi Kamiya, Chieka Minakuchi, Ken Miura
The importance of the insect cuticle as a primary protective barrier against entomopathogens has long been noted. In the present study, we addressed this issue by utilizing an experimental infection system composed of the model beetle T. castaneum and two entomopathogenic fungal species, Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae. The pupae were relatively susceptible to these fungi by the natural route of infection, with some refractoriness developed with age, while the adults exhibited much higher refractoriness...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860524/insect-pathogenic-fungi-genomics-molecular-interactions-and-genetic-improvements
#15
Chengshu Wang, Sibao Wang
Entomopathogenic fungi play a pivotal role in the regulation of insect populations in nature, and representative species have been developed as promising environmentally friendly mycoinsecticides. Recent advances in the genome biology of insect pathogenic fungi have revealed genomic features associated with fungal adaptation to insect hosts and different host ranges, as well as the evolutionary relationships between insect and noninsect pathogens. By using species in the Beauveria and Metarhizium genera as models, molecular biology studies have revealed the genes that function in fungus-insect interactions and thereby contribute to fungal virulence...
January 31, 2017: Annual Review of Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801295/secondary-metabolite-gene-clusters-in-the-entomopathogen-fungus-metarhizium-anisopliae-genome-identification-and-patterns-of-expression-in-a-cuticle-infection-model
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Nicolau Sbaraini, Rafael Lucas Muniz Guedes, Fábio Carrer Andreis, Ângela Junges, Guilherme Loss de Morais, Marilene Henning Vainstein, Ana Tereza Ribeiro de Vasconcelos, Augusto Schrank
BACKGROUND: The described species from the Metarhizium genus are cosmopolitan fungi that infect arthropod hosts. Interestingly, while some species infect a wide range of hosts (host-generalists), other species infect only a few arthropods (host-specialists). This singular evolutionary trait permits unique comparisons to determine how pathogens and virulence determinants emerge. Among the several virulence determinants that have been described, secondary metabolites (SMs) are suggested to play essential roles during fungal infection...
October 25, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756202/phylogenetic-analyses-reveal-molecular-signatures-associated-with-functional-divergence-among-subtilisin-like-serine-proteases-are-linked-to-lifestyle-transitions-in-hypocreales
#17
Deepti Varshney, Akanksha Jaiswar, Alok Adholeya, Pushplata Prasad
BACKGROUND: Subtilisin-like serine proteases or Subtilases in fungi are important for penetration and colonization of host. In Hypocreales, these proteins share several properties with other fungal, bacterial, plant and mammalian homologs. However, adoption of specific roles in entomopathogenesis may be governed by attainment of unique biochemical and structural features during the evolutionary course. Due to such functional shifts Subtilases coded by different family members of Hypocreales acquire distinct features according to respective hosts and lifestyle...
October 19, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27715447/recombinant-fungal-entomopathogen-rnai-target-insect-gene
#18
Qiongbo Hu, Wei Wu
RNA interference (RNAi) technology is considered as an alternative for control of pests. However, RNAi has not been used in field conditions yet, since delivering exogenous ds/siRNA to target pests is very difficult. The laboratory methods of introducing the ds/siRNA into insects through feeding, micro feeding / dripping and injecting cannot be used in fields. Transgenic crop is perhaps the most effective application of RNAi for pest control, but it needs long-time basic researches in order to reduce the cost and evaluate the safety...
November 2016: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678168/a-natural-anopheles-associated-penicillium-chrysogenum-enhances-mosquito-susceptibility-to-plasmodium-infection
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Yesseinia I Angleró-Rodríguez, Benjamin J Blumberg, Yuemei Dong, Simone L Sandiford, Andrew Pike, April M Clayton, George Dimopoulos
Whereas studies have extensively examined the ability of bacteria to influence Plasmodium infection in the mosquito, the tripartite interactions between non-entomopathogenic fungi, mosquitoes, and Plasmodium parasites remain largely uncharacterized. Here we report the isolation of a common mosquito-associated ascomycete fungus, Penicillium chrysogenum, from the midgut of field-caught Anopheles mosquitoes. Although the presence of Pe. chrysogenum in the Anopheles gambiae midgut does not affect mosquito survival, it renders the mosquito significantly more susceptible to Plasmodium infection through a secreted heat-stable factor...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27618036/susceptibility-and-immune-defence-mechanisms-of-rhynchophorus-ferrugineus-olivier-coleoptera-curculionidae-against-entomopathogenic-fungal-infections
#20
Abid Hussain, Muhammad Rizwan-Ul-Haq, Hassan Al-Ayedh, Ahmed Mohammed AlJabr
Insects infected with entomopathogenic fungi, experience physiological changes that influence their growth and immune defence. The potential of nine isolates of entomopathogenic fungi was evaluated after determining percent germination and relative conidial hydrophobicity. However, nutritional indices were evaluated after immersing eighth-instar Rhynchophorus ferrugineus larvae into each isolate suspension (1 × 10⁷ conidia/mL). The results showed that isolates B6884 and M9374 had 44.51% and 39.02% higher conidial hydrophobicity compared with isolate I03011 (least virulent)...
September 9, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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