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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817232/crystal-structure-of-the-melampsora-lini-effector-avrp-reveals-insights-into-a-possible-nuclear-function-and-recognition-by-the-flax-disease-resistance-protein-p
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Xiaoxiao Zhang, Nadya Farah, Laura Rolston, Daniel J Ericsson, Ann-Maree Catanzariti, Maud Bernoux, Thomas Ve, Katerina Bendak, Chunhong Chen, Joel P Mackay, Gregory J Lawrence, Adrienne Hardham, Jeffrey G Ellis, Simon J Williams, Peter N Dodds, David A Jones, Bostjan Kobe
The effector protein AvrP is secreted by the flax rust fungal pathogen (Melampsora lini) and recognized specifically by the flax (Linum usitatissimum) P disease resistance protein, leading to effector-triggered immunity. To investigate the biological function of this effector and mechanisms of specific recognition by the P resistance protein, we determined the crystal structure of AvrP. The structure reveals an elongated zinc-finger-like structure with a novel interleaved zinc-binding topology. The residues responsible for zinc binding are conserved in AvrP effector variants and mutations of these motifs result in loss of P-mediated recognition...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801666/small-secreted-proteins-from-the-necrotrophic-conifer-pathogen-heterobasidion-annosum-s-l-hassps-induce-cell-death-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
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Tommaso Raffaello, Fred O Asiegbu
The basidiomycete Heterobasidion annosum sensu lato (s.l.) is considered to be one of the most destructive conifer pathogens in the temperate forests of the northern hemisphere. H. annosum is characterized by a dual fungal lifestyle. The fungus grows necrotrophically on living plant cells and saprotrophically on dead wood material. In this study, we screened the H. annosum genome for small secreted proteins (HaSSPs) that could potentially be involved in promoting necrotrophic growth during the fungal infection process...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796840/yes-research-matters
#3
Mari L Shinohara
My father was diagnosed with stomach cancer recently. Luckily, it was still at an early stage, and endoscopic surgery successfully took care of it. My father was fortunate; since people with stomach cancer do not show clear symptoms in the early stages, the disease is often not diagnosed until it becomes advanced. In his case, the diagnosis started from a suggestion by his doctor to check whether he had a gastric infection with Helicobacter pylori, a bacterial species found in the digestive tract. In Japan, where he lives, a majority of gastric cancer patients (more than 99%) have been infected with H...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796297/transfer-of-tomato-immune-receptor-ve1-confers-ave1-dependent-verticillium-resistance-in-tobacco-and-cotton
#4
Yin Song, Linlin Liu, Yidong Wang, Dirk-Jan Valkenburg, Xianlong Zhang, Longfu Zhu, Bart P H J Thomma
Verticillium wilts caused by soil-borne fungal species of the Verticillium genus are economically important plant diseases that affect a wide range of host plants, and are notoriously difficult to combat. Perception of pathogen(-induced) ligands by plant immune receptors is a key component of plant innate immunity. In tomato, race-specific resistance to Verticillium wilt is governed by the cell surface-localized immune receptor Ve1 through recognition of the effector protein Ave1 that is secreted by race 1 strains of Verticillium spp...
August 10, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775254/adamts-13-regulates-neutrophil-recruitment-in-a-mouse-model-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
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Astrid Alflen, Steve Prüfer, Katharina Ebner, Sebastian Reuter, Pamela Aranda Lopez, Inge Scharrer, Fumiaki Banno, Michael Stassen, Hansjörg Schild, Kerstin Jurk, Markus Bosmann, Hendrik Beckert, Markus P Radsak
Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is secreted as an acute phase protein during inflammation. ADAMTS-13 regulates the size and prothrombotic activity of VWF by it's specific proteolytic activity. To determine the relevance of this regulatory pathway for the innate inflammatory response by polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN), we employed a mouse model of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) where PMN functionality is crucial for fungal clearance and survival. IPA was induced by intratracheal application of Aspergillus fumigatus (A...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
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...
July 27, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738851/expression-and-secretion-of-fungal-endoglucanase-ii-and-chimeric-cellobiohydrolase-i-in-the-oleaginous-yeast-lipomyces-starkeyi
#7
Qi Xu, Eric P Knoshaug, Wei Wang, Markus Alahuhta, John O Baker, Shihui Yang, Todd Vander Wall, Stephen R Decker, Michael E Himmel, Min Zhang, Hui Wei
BACKGROUND: Lipomyces starkeyi is one of the leading lipid-producing microorganisms reported to date; its genetic transformation was only recently reported. Our aim is to engineer L. starkeyi to serve in consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) to produce lipid or fatty acid-related biofuels directly from abundant and low-cost lignocellulosic substrates. RESULTS: To evaluate L. starkeyi in this role, we first conducted a genome analysis, which revealed the absence of key endo- and exocellulases in this yeast, prompting us to select and screen four signal peptides for their suitability for the overexpression and secretion of cellulase genes...
July 24, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725901/zinc-binding-sites-in-pra1-a-zincophore-from-candida-albicans
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Dorota Łoboda, Magdalena Rowińska-Żyrek
The aim of this work is to understand the interactions of Zn(ii) with Pra1, a zincophore from Candida albicans, one of the most common causes of serious fungal infections in humans. Pra1 is a 299 amino acid protein, secreted from the fungus to specifically bind Zn(ii) and deliver it to a transmembrane zinc transporter, Zrt1. We take the first step towards understanding the bioinorganic chemistry of this process, by pointing out the Zn(ii) binding sites in Pra1 and understanding the thermodynamics of such interactions...
July 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717232/the-epichlo%C3%A3-festucae-antifungal-protein-has-activity-against-the-plant-pathogen-sclerotinia-homoeocarpa-the-causal-agent-of-dollar-spot-disease
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Zipeng Tian, Ruying Wang, Karen V Ambrose, Bruce B Clarke, Faith C Belanger
Epichloë spp. are naturally occurring fungal endophytic symbionts of many cool-season grasses. Infection by the fungal endophytes often confers biotic and abiotic stress tolerance to their hosts. Endophyte-mediated disease resistance is well-established in the fine fescue grass Festuca rubra subsp. rubra (strong creeping red fescue) infected with E. festucae. Resistance to fungal pathogens is not an established effect of endophyte infection of other grass species, and may therefore be unique to the fine fescues...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713781/the-metalloprotease-mpr1-engages-annexina2-to-promote-the-transcytosis-of-fungal-cells-across-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Sarisa Na Pombejra, Michelle Salemi, Brett S Phinney, Angie Gelli
Eukaryotic pathogens display multiple mechanisms for breaching the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and invading the central nervous system (CNS). Of the fungal spp., that cause disease in mammals, only some cross brain microvascular endothelial cells which constitute the BBB, and invade the brain. Cryptococcus neoformans, the leading cause of fungal meningoencephalitis, crosses the BBB directly by transcytosis or by co-opting monocytes. We previously determined that Mpr1, a secreted fungal metalloprotease, facilitates association of fungal cells to brain microvascular endothelial cells and we confirmed that the sole expression of CnMPR1 endowed S...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710128/bcxyg1-a-secreted-xyloglucanase-from-botrytis-cinerea-induces-cell-death-and-triggers-plant-defense
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Wenjun Zhu, Mordechi Ronen, Yonatan Gur, Anna Minz-Dub, Gal Masrati, Nir Ben-Tal, Itai Sharon, Alon Savidor, Elad Eizner, Oliver Valerius, Gerhard Braus, Kyle Bowler, Maor Bar-Peled, Amir Sharon
In search of Botrytis cinerea cell death-inducing proteins, we found a xyloglucanase (BcXYG1), which induced strong necrosis and a resistance response in dicot plants. Expression of the BcXYG1 gene was strongly induced during the first 12 hours post inoculation, and analysis of disease dynamics using PathTrack{copyright, serif} showed that a B. cinerea strain over expressing BcXYG1 produced early local necrosis supporting a role of BcXYG1 as an early cell death-inducing factor. The xyloglucanase activity of BcXYG1 was not necessary for induction of necrosis and plant resistance, as a mutant of BcXYG1 lacking the xyloglucanase enzymatic activity retained both functions...
July 14, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683401/role-of-fusaric-acid-in-the-development-of-fusarium-wilt-symptoms-in-tomato-physiological-biochemical-and-proteomic-perspectives
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Vivek Kumar Singh, Harikesh Bahadur Singh, Ram Sanmukh Upadhyay
Fusarium wilt is one of the most prevalent and damaging diseases of tomato. Among various toxins secreted by the Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici (causal agent of Fusarium wilt of tomato), fusaric acid (FA) is suspected to be a potent pathogenicity factor in tomato wilt disease development. With this rationale the present study was carried out with physiological, biochemical and proteomic perspectives. Treatment of FA was given to the leaves of tomato directly through infiltration to show the characteristic features of Fusarium wilt of tomato...
June 28, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670324/complex-interactions-between-fungal-avirulence-genes-and-their-corresponding-plant-resistance-genes-and-consequences-for-disease-resistance-management
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Yohann Petit-Houdenot, Isabelle Fudal
During infection, pathogens secrete an arsenal of molecules, collectively called effectors, key elements of pathogenesis which modulate innate immunity of the plant and facilitate infection. Some of these effectors can be recognized directly or indirectly by resistance (R) proteins from the plant and are then called avirulence (AVR) proteins. This recognition usually triggers defense responses including the hypersensitive response and results in resistance of the plant. R-AVR gene interactions are frequently exploited in the field to control diseases...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642757/the-fungal-pathogen-candida-glabrata-does-not-depend-on-surface-ferric-reductases-for-iron-acquisition
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Franziska Gerwien, Abu Safyan, Stephanie Wisgott, Sascha Brunke, Lydia Kasper, Bernhard Hube
Iron acquisition is a crucial virulence determinant for many bacteria and fungi, including the opportunistic fungal pathogens Candida albicans and C. glabrata. While the diverse strategies used by C. albicans for obtaining iron from the host are well-described, much less is known about the acquisition of this micronutrient from host sources by C. glabrata - a distant relative of C. albicans with closer evolutionary ties to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which nonetheless causes severe clinical symptoms in humans...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633330/the-asparagine-rich-protein-nrp-interacts-with-the-verticillium-effector-pevd1-and-regulates-the-subcellular-localization-of-cryptochrome-2
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Ruimin Zhou, Tong Zhu, Lei Han, Mengjie Liu, Mengyuan Xu, Yanli Liu, Dandan Han, Dewen Qiu, Qingqiu Gong, Xinqi Liu
The soil-borne fungal pathogen Verticillium dahliae infects a wide range of dicotyledonous plants including cotton, tobacco, and Arabidopsis. Among the effector proteins secreted by V. dahliae, the 16 kDa PevD1 induces a hypersensitive response in tobacco. Here we report the high-resolution structure of PevD1 with folds resembling a C2 domain-like structure with a calcium ion bound to the C-terminal acidic pocket. A yeast two-hybrid screen, designed to probe for molecular functions of PevD1, identified Arabidopsis asparagine-rich protein (NRP) as the interacting partner of PevD1...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610916/the-rhizoferrin-biosynthetic-gene-in-the-fungal-pathogen-rhizopus-delemar-is-a-novel-member-of-the-nis-gene-family
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Cassandra S Carroll, Clark L Grieve, Indu Murugathasan, Andrew J Bennet, Clarissa M Czekster, Huanting Liu, James Naismith, Margo M Moore
Iron is essential for growth and in low iron environments such as serum many bacteria and fungi secrete ferric iron-chelating molecules called siderophores. All fungi produce hydroxamate siderophores with the exception of Mucorales fungi, which secrete rhizoferrin, a polycarboxylate siderophore. Here we investigated the biosynthesis of rhizoferrin by the opportunistic human pathogen, Rhizopus delemar. We searched the genome of R. delemar 99-880 for a homologue of the bacterial NRPS-independent siderophore (NIS) protein, SfnaD, that is involved in biosynthesis of staphyloferrin A in Staphylococcus aureus...
June 10, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602730/recombinant-expression-of-a-laccase-from-coriolopsis-gallica-in-pichia-pastoris-using-a-modified-%C3%AE-factor-preproleader
#17
Mayra Avelar, Clarita Olvera, Denise Aceves-Zamudio, Jorge Luis Folch, Marcela Ayala
In this work we communicate the heterologous expression of a laccase from Coriolopsis gallica in Pichia pastoris. This enzyme has been reported to efficiently degrade a variety of pollutants such as industrial dyes. The expression strategy included using a previously reported modified α-factor preproleader for enhanced secretion and pAOX1, a methanol-responsive promoter. Methanol concentration, copper salts concentration and temperature were varied in order to enhance laccase expression in this heterologous system...
August 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599020/isg15-in-host-defense-against-candida-albicans-infection-in-a-mouse-model-of-fungal-keratitis
#18
Chen Dong, Nan Gao, Bing X Ross, Fu-Shin X Yu
Purpose: ISG15, a di-ubiquitin-like protein, is critical for controlling certain viral and bacterial infections. We sought to determine if ISG15 plays a role in corneal innate immunity against Candida albicans (C. albicans) using a C57BL/6 (B6) mouse model of human fungal keratitis. Methods: Scarified corneas of adult B6 mice were pretreated with TLR5 ligand flagellin and then inoculated with C. albicans. The expression of ISG15 and other genes involved in ISG15 conjugation (ISGylation) was determined by real-time PCR...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592950/purification-and-characterization-of-a-major-extracellular-chitinase-from-a-biocontrol-bacterium-paenibacillus-elgii-hoa73
#19
Yong Hwan Kim, Seur Kee Park, Jin Young Hur, Young Cheol Kim
Chitinase-producing Paenibacillus elgii strain HOA73 has been used to control plant diseases. However, the antimicrobial activity of its extracellular chitinase has not been fully elucidated. The major extracellular chitinase gene (PeChi68) from strain HOA73 was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli in this study. This gene had an open reading frame of 2,028 bp, encoding a protein of 675 amino acid residues containing a secretion signal peptide, a chitin-binding domain, two fibronectin type III domains, and a catalytic hydrolase domain...
June 2017: Plant Pathology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588252/candida-albicans-sap6-amyloid-regions-function-in-cellular-aggregation-and-zinc-binding-and-contribute-to-zinc-acquisition
#20
Rohitashw Kumar, Christine Breindel, Darpan Saraswat, Paul J Cullen, Mira Edgerton
Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen colonizing the oral cavity. C. albicans secreted aspartic protease Sap6 is important for virulence during oral candidiasis since it degrades host tissues to release nutrients and essential transition metals. We found that zinc specifically increased C. albicans autoaggregation induced by Sap6; and that Sap6 itself bound zinc ions. In silico analysis of Sap6 predicted four amyloidogenic regions that were synthesized as peptides (P1-P4). All peptides, as well as full length Sap6, demonstrated amyloid properties, and addition of zinc further increased amyloid formation...
June 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
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