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Infection by the human opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans has been increasing over recent years. In an attempt to understand the molecular mechanism of Candida invasion across host tissues, the relationship of C. albicans enolase to human plasminogen/plasmin was investigated. C. albicans enolase is a cell-surface protein and an immunodominant(More)
Cryptococcus neoformans has a predilection for central nervous system infection. C. neoformans traversal of the blood brain barrier, composed of human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMEC), is the crucial step in brain infection. However, the molecular mechanism of the interaction between Cryptococcus neoformans and HBMEC, relevant to its brain(More)
Cryptococcus neoformans is a ubiquitously distributed human pathogen. It is also a model system for studying fungal virulence, physiology and differentiation. Light is known to inhibit sexual development via the evolutionarily conserved white collar proteins in C. neoformans. To dissect molecular mechanisms regulating this process, we have identified the(More)
BACKGROUND A mouse brain transmigration assessment (MBTA) was created to investigate the central nervous system (CNS) pathogenesis of cryptococcal meningoencephalitis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Two cryptococcal mutants were identified from a pool of 109 pre-selected mutants that were signature-tagged with the nourseothricin acetyltransferase (NAT)(More)
A yeast gene encoding SSB-1, a single-stranded nucleic acid binding protein, has been isolated by screening a lambda gt11 genomic DNA library. The gene is located on a 1.84-kilobase chromosomal Bgl II-BamHI fragment. Yeast strains carrying the high-copy-number vector YEp24 with an SSB1 gene insert overproduce SSB-1 3-fold and SSB-1 mRNA 10-fold. A typical(More)
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