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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725901/zinc-binding-sites-in-pra1-a-zincophore-from-candida-albicans
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
REVIEW
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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...
June 5, 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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578805/expression-system-for-heterologous-protein-expression-in-the-filamentous-fungus-aspergillus-unguis
#14
Aravind Madhavan, Ashok Pandey, Rajeev K Sukumaran
Heterologous protein expression in filamentous fungi is advantageous, especially in the context of large scale production of high volume low value recombinant proteins. However, such systems are rare and not available in public domain. A novel filamentous fungus - Aspergillus unguis NII 08123 was used as host for developing a protein expression system. An expression cassette was assembled using A. nidulans glyceraldehyde 3 phosphate dehydrogenase promoter (Pgapd), tryptophan synthase transcription terminator (TtrpC) and hygromycin resistance gene (hph) as selection marker...
May 22, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575401/localization-of-arabidopsis-forked1-to-a-raba-positive-compartment-suggests-a-role-in-secretion
#15
Neema Prabhakaran Mariyamma, Hongwei Hou, Francine M Carland, Timothy Nelson, Elizabeth A Schultz
When FORKED1 (FKD1) is mutated, asymmetric localization of PINFORMED1 (PIN1), particularly to the apical side of cells, fails to occur properly in developing veins, resulting in an open vein pattern. FKD1 encodes a protein with a Pleckstrin homology-like (PL) domain, suggesting interaction with phosphoinositides. FKD1 has been previously found to interact with an ADP ribosylation factor GTPase-activating protein (ARF-GAP) important for vein patterning, SCARFACE/VAN3 (SFC). We find that FKD1-green fluorescent protein (GFP) localizes to the plasma membrane and to punctae labeled by SFC-yellow fluorescent protein (YFP)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557308/discovery-of-a-new-intravacuolar-protein-required-for-the-autophagy-development-and-virulence-of-beauveria-bassiana
#16
Zhen-Jian Chu, Huan-Huan Sun, Xiao-Guan Zhu, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
High proportions of hypothetical proteins exist in genomic databases of fungi, including putative secretory proteins (PSPs) likely involved in fungal invasion and virulence. Here we characterize one of many PSPs revealed in the previous transcriptome of Beauveria bassiana (a fungal insect pathogen) infecting a global lepidopteran pest and name it vacuole-localized protein 4 (VLP4) because this small, domain-lacking protein (22.96 kDa) was specifically localized in the vacuoles of hyphal cells. Deletion of VLP4 resulted in repression of almost all genes acting in autophagy and central development pathways...
May 30, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520093/verticillium-dahliae-transcription-factor-vdftf1-regulates-the-expression-of-multiple-secreted-virulence-factors-and-is-required-for-full-virulence-in-cotton
#17
Wen-Qi Zhang, Yue-Jing Gui, Dylan P G Short, Ting-Gang Li, Dan-Dan Zhang, Lei Zhou, Chun Liu, Yu-Ming Bao, Krishna V Subbarao, Jie-Yin Chen, Xiao-Feng Dai
Fungal transcription factors (TFs) implicated in the regulation of virulence gene expression have been identified in a number of plant pathogens. In Verticillium dahliae, despite its agricultural importance, few regulators of transcription have been characterized. In this study, a T-DNA insertional mutant with significantly reduced virulence toward cotton was identified. The T-DNA was traced to VdFTF1, a gene encoding a TF containing a Fungal_trans domain. Transient expression in onion epidermal cells indicated that VdFTF1 is localized to the nucleus...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512683/messenger-rna-transport-in-the-opportunistic-fungal-pathogen-candida-albicans
#18
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/28511724/production-of-a-recombinant-swollenin-from-trichoderma-harzianum-in-escherichia-coli-and-its-potential-synergistic-role-in-biomass-degradation
#19
Clelton A Santos, Jaire A Ferreira-Filho, Anthonia O'Donovan, Vijai K Gupta, Maria G Tuohy, Anete P Souza
BACKGROUND: Fungal swollenins (SWOs) constitute a class of accessory proteins that are homologous to canonical plant expansins. Expansins and expansin-related proteins are well known for acting in the deagglomeration of cellulose structure by loosening macrofibrils. Consequently, SWOs can increase the accessibility and efficiency of the other enzymes involved in the saccharification of cellulosic substrates. Thus, SWOs are promising targets for improving the hydrolysis of plant biomass and for use as an additive to enhance the efficiency of an enzyme cocktail designed for the production of biofuels...
May 16, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504466/nepetoidin-b-a-natural-product-inhibits-lps-stimulated-nitric-oxide-production-via-modulation-of-inos-mediated-by-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mkp-5-pathways
#20
Xiaxia Wu, Hongwei Gao, Wen Sun, Jie Yu, Hao Hu, Qiongming Xu, Xiuping Chen
Previous reports showed that nepetoidin B (NTB), a natural product isolated from many herbs, has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects. In this study, the antiinflammatory effect of NTB was investigated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. The cytotoxic effect of NTB and LPS was determined by MTT assay. The nitric oxide (NO) production was detected by Griess assay. The TNF-α and IL-6 levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits. Protein expressions were tested by western blotting...
May 15, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
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