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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189901/elevational-distribution-and-morphological-attributes-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungi-from-forests-of-the-qinling-mountains-in-china
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Abolfazl Masoudi, John Lad Koprowski, Upendra Raj Bhattarai, Dun Wang
Entomopathogenic fungi are considered to be a safe microbiological pesticide alternative to chemical control. Efforts are underway to understand precisely their taxonomy and natural distribution through mycological and biodiversity studies based on molecular markers. Here, we present descriptions of the diversity of the entomopathogenic fungi in the genera Metarhizium and Beauveria found along the elevational gradients of the Qinling subtropical and temperate forests of Shaanxi province in China, using morphological aspects and molecular markers...
November 30, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178836/chromosome-level-assembly-and-secondary-metabolite-potential-of-the-parasitic-fungus-cordyceps-militaris
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Glenna J Kramer, Justin R Nodwell
BACKGROUND: Cordyceps militaris is an insect pathogenic fungus that is prized for its use in traditional medicine. This and other entomopathogenic fungi are understudied sources for the discovery of new bioactive molecules. In this study, PacBio SMRT long read sequencing technology was used to sequence the genome of C. militaris with a focus on the genetic potential for secondary metabolite production in the genome assembly of this fungus. RESULTS: This is first chromosome level assembly of a species in the Cordyceps genera...
November 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102780/involvement-of-laccase2-and-yellow-e-genes-in-antifungal-host-defense-of-the-model-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
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Yuuki Hayakawa, Mitsuki Sawada, Masaki Seki, Patchara Sirasoonthorn, Shotaro Shiga, Katsumi Kamiya, Chieka Minakuchi, Ken Miura
We previously reported that the moderate knockdown of chitin synthase 1 gene of the model beetle Tribolium castaneum impairs the host defense against entomopathogenic fungi, Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae, which infect host insects via the direct penetration of cuticular integuments (Hayakawa et al, 2017). In this study, we focused on the antifungal roles of laccase2 (Lac2) as well as yellow-e (Y-e) genes, both of which are shown to be important to the establishment of stable cuticular structures in this beetle species...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079863/the-ste12-like-transcription-factor-maste12-is-involved-in-pathogenicity-by-regulating-the-appressorium-formation-in-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-metarhizium-acridum
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Qinglv Wei, Yanru Du, Kai Jin, Yuxian Xia
Homeodomain transcription factor Ste12 is a key target activated by the pathogenic mitogen-activated-protein kinase pathway, and the activated Ste12p protein regulates downstream gene expression levels to modulate phenotypes. However, the functions of Ste12-like genes in entomopathogenic fungi remain poorly understood and little is known about the downstream genes regulated by Ste12. In this study, we characterized the functions of a Ste12 orthologue in Metarhizium acridum, MaSte12, and identified its downstream target genes...
December 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905488/genetically-engineering-better-fungal-biopesticides
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Brian Lovett, Raymond John St Leger
Microbial insect pathogens offer an alternative means of pest control with potential to wean our heavy reliance on chemical pesticides. Insect pathogenic fungi play an important natural role in controlling disease vectors and agricultural pests. Most commercial products employ Ascomycetes in the genera Metarhizium and Beauveria. However, their utilization has been limited by inconsistent field results due to sensitivity to abiotic stresses and naturally low virulence. Other naturally occurring biocontrol agents also face these hurdles to successful application, but the availability of complete genomes and recombinant DNA technologies have facilitated design of multiple fungal pathogens with enhanced virulence and stress resistance...
September 14, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874153/thioester-containing-proteins-regulate-the-toll-pathway-and-play-a-role-in-drosophila-defence-against-microbial-pathogens-and-parasitoid-wasps
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Anna Dostálová, Samuel Rommelaere, Mickael Poidevin, Bruno Lemaitre
BACKGROUND: Members of the thioester-containing protein (TEP) family contribute to host defence in both insects and mammals. However, their role in the immune response of Drosophila is elusive. In this study, we address the role of TEPs in Drosophila immunity by generating a mutant fly line, referred to as TEPq (Δ) , lacking the four immune-inducible TEPs, TEP1, 2, 3 and 4. RESULTS: Survival analyses with TEPq (Δ) flies reveal the importance of these proteins in defence against entomopathogenic fungi, Gram-positive bacteria and parasitoid wasps...
September 5, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871395/interactome-analysis-of-transcriptional-coactivator-multiprotein-bridging-factor-1-unveils-a-yeast-ap-1-like-transcription-factor-involved-in-oxidation-tolerance-of-mycopathogen-beauveria-bassiana
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Xin-Ling Chu, Wei-Xia Dong, Jin-Li Ding, Ming-Guang Feng, Sheng-Hua Ying
Oxidation tolerance is an important determinant to predict the virulence and biocontrol potential of Beauveria bassiana, a well-known entomopathogenic fungus. As a transcriptional coactivator, multiprotein bridging factor 1 mediates the activity of transcription factor in diverse physiological processes, and its homolog in B. bassiana (BbMBF1) contributes to fungal oxidation tolerance. In this study, the BbMBF1-interactomes under oxidative stress and normal growth condition were deciphered by mass spectrometry integrated with the immunoprecipitation...
September 4, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870289/ethanol-production-from-chitosan-by-the-nematophagous-fungus-pochonia-chlamydosporia-and-the-entomopathogenic-fungi-metarhizium-anisopliae-and-beauveria-bassiana
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Almudena Aranda-Martinez, Miguel Ángel Naranjo Ortiz, Isabel Sofía Abihssira García, Ernesto A Zavala-Gonzalez, Luis Vicente Lopez-Llorca
Chitin is the second most abundant biopolymer after cellulose and virtually unexplored as raw material for bioethanol production. In this paper, we investigate chitosan, the deacetylated form of chitin which is the main component of shellfish waste, as substrate for bioethanol production by fungi. Fungal parasites of invertebrates such as the nematophagous Pochonia chlamydosporia (Pc) or the entomopathogens Beauveria bassiana (Bb) and Metarhizium anisopliae (Ma) are biocontrol agents of plant parasitic nematodes (eg...
November 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854898/omics-data-reveal-the-unusual-asexual-fruiting-nature-and-secondary-metabolic-potentials-of-the-medicinal-fungus-cordyceps-cicadae
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Yuzhen Lu, Feifei Luo, Kai Cen, Guohua Xiao, Ying Yin, Chunru Li, Zengzhi Li, Shuai Zhan, Huizhan Zhang, Chengshu Wang
BACKGROUND: Ascomycete Cordyceps species have been using as valued traditional Chinese medicines. Particularly, the fruiting bodies of Cordyceps cicadae (syn. Isaria cicadae) have long been utilized for the treatment of chronic kidney disease. However, the genetics and bioactive chemicals in this fungus have been largely unexplored. RESULTS: In this study, we performed comprehensive omics analyses of C. cicadae, and found that, in contrast to other Cordyceps fungi, C...
August 30, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833928/an-exceptional-family-ophiocordyceps-allied-fungus-dominates-the-microbiome-of-soft-scale-insects-hemiptera-sternorrhyncha-coccidae
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Priscila Gomez-Polo, Matthew J Ballinger, Maya Lalzar, Assaf Malik, Yair Ben-Dov, Neta Mozes-Daube, Steve J Perlman, Lilach Iasur-Kruh, Elad Chiel
Hemipteran insects of the suborder Sternorrhyncha are plant sap feeders, where each family is obligately associated with a specific bacterial endosymbiont that produces essential nutrients lacking in the sap. Coccidae (soft scale insects) is the only major sternorrhynchan family in which obligate symbiont(s) have not been identified. We studied the microbiota in seven species from this family from Israel, Spain and Cyprus, by high-throughput sequencing of ribosomal genes, and found that no specific bacterium was prevalent and abundant in all the tested species...
October 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804478/the-entomopathogenic-fungi-isaria-fumosorosea-plays-a-vital-role-in-suppressing-the-immune-system-of-plutella-xylostella-rna-seq-and-dge-analysis-of-immunity-related-genes
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Jin Xu, Xiaoxia Xu, Muhammad Shakeel, Shuzhong Li, Shuang Wang, Xianqiang Zhou, Jialin Yu, Xiaojing Xu, Xiaoqiang Yu, Fengliang Jin
Most, if not all, entomopathogenic fungi have been used as alternative control agents to decrease the insect resistance and harmful effects of the insecticides on the environment. Among them, Isaria fumosorosea has also shown great potential to control different insect pests. In the present study, we explored the immune response of P. xylostella to the infection of I. fumosorosea at different time points by using RNA-Sequencing and differential gene expression technology at the genomic level. To gain insight into the host-pathogen interaction at the genomic level, five libraries of P...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762123/differential-immune-responses-of-monochamus-alternatus-against-symbiotic-and-entomopathogenic-fungi
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Wei Zhang, Jie Meng, Jing Ning, Peijun Qin, Jiao Zhou, Zhen Zou, Yanhong Wang, Hong Jiang, Faheem Ahmad, Lilin Zhao, Jianghua Sun
Monochamus alternatus, the main vector beetles of invasive pinewood nematode, has established a symbiotic relationship with a native ectotrophic fungal symbiont, Sporothrix sp. 1, in China. The immune response of M. alternatus to S. sp. 1 in the coexistence of beetles and fungi is, however, unknown. Here, we report that immune responses of M. alternatus pupae to infection caused by ectotrophic symbiotic fungus S. sp. 1 and entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana differ significantly. The S. sp. 1 did not kill the beetles while B...
August 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755300/in-vivo-gene-expression-profiling-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-beauveria-bassiana-elucidates-its-infection-stratagems-in-anopheles-mosquito
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Yiling Lai, Huan Chen, Ge Wei, Guandong Wang, Fang Li, Sibao Wang
The use of entomopathogenic fungi to control mosquitoes is a promising tool for reducing vector-borne disease transmission. To better understand infection stratagems of insect pathogenic fungi, we analyzed the global gene expression profiling of Beauveria bassiana at 36, 60, 84 and 108 h after topical infection of Anopheles stephensi adult mosquitoes using RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq). A total of 5,354 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) are identified over the course of fungal infection. When the fungus grows on the mosquito cuticle, up-regulated DEGs include adhesion-related genes involved in cuticle attachment, Pth11-like GPCRs hypothesized to be involved in host recognition, and extracellular enzymes involved in the degradation and penetration of the mosquito cuticle...
August 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743231/genome-wide-comparative-analysis-of-putative-pth11-related-g-protein-coupled-receptors-in-fungi-belonging-to-pezizomycotina
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Xihui Xu, Guopeng Li, Lu Li, Zhenzhu Su, Chen Chen
BACKGROUND: G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest family of transmembrane receptors in fungi, where they play important roles in signal transduction. Among them, the Pth11-related GPCRs form a large and divergent protein family, and are only found in fungi in Pezizomycotina. However, the evolutionary process and potential functions of Pth11-related GPCRs remain largely unknown. RESULTS: Twenty genomes of fungi in Pezizomycotina covering different nutritional strategies were mined for putative Pth11-related GPCRs...
July 25, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730600/transcriptomic-insights-into-the-alternative-splicing-mediated-adaptation-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-beauveria-bassiana-to-host-niches-autophagy-related-gene-8-as-an-example
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Wei-Xia Dong, Jin-Li Ding, Yang Gao, Yue-Jin Peng, Ming-Guang Feng, Sheng-Hua Ying
Alternative splicing (AS) regulates various biological processes in fungi by extending the cellular proteome. However, comprehensive studies investigating AS in entomopathogenic fungi are lacking. Based on transcriptome data obtained via dual RNA-seq, the first overview of AS events was developed for Beauveria bassiana growing in an insect haemocoel. The AS was demonstrated for 556 of 8840 expressed genes, accounting for 5.4% of the total genes in B. bassiana. Intron retention was the most abundant type of AS, accounting for 87...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705395/targeted-disruption-of-the-polyketide-synthase-gene-pks15-affects-virulence-against-insects-and-phagocytic-survival-in-the-fungus-beauveria-bassiana
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Wachiraporn Toopaang, Suranat Phonghanpot, Juntira Punya, Cheerapha Panyasiri, Kewarin Klamchao, Rudsamee Wasuwan, Chettida Srisuksam, Duangjai Sangsrakru, Chutima Sonthirod, Sithichoke Tangphatsornruang, Morakot Tanticharoen, Alongkorn Amnuaykanjanasin
The reducing clade III polyketide synthase genes, including pks15, are highly conserved among entomopathogenic fungi. To examine the function of pks15, we used targeted disruption to investigate the impact of Beauveria bassiana pks15 on insect pathogenesis. Southern analysis verified that the Δpks15 mutant was disrupted by a single integration of the transformation cassette at the pks15 locus. The Δpks15 mutant had a slight reduction in radial growth, and it produced fewer spores. Our insect bioassays indicated the Δpks15 mutant to be significantly reduced in virulence against beet armyworms compared to wild type (WT), which could be partially accounted for by its markedly decreased ability to survive phagocytosis...
August 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512059/genome-scale-metabolic-network-of-cordyceps-militaris-useful-for-comparative-analysis-of-entomopathogenic-fungi
#17
Wanwipa Vongsangnak, Nachon Raethong, Warasinee Mujchariyakul, Nam Ninh Nguyen, Hon Wai Leong, Kobkul Laoteng
The first genome-scale metabolic network of Cordyceps militaris (iWV1170) was constructed representing its whole metabolisms, which consisted of 894 metabolites and 1,267 metabolic reactions across five compartments, including the plasma membrane, cytoplasm, mitochondria, peroxisome and extracellular space. The iWV1170 could be exploited to explain its phenotypes of growth ability, cordycepin and other metabolites production on various substrates. A high number of genes encoding extracellular enzymes for degradation of complex carbohydrates, lipids and proteins were existed in C...
August 30, 2017: Gene
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...
June 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
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