Catharina J Strauss

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One of the best-kept secrets by fungi especially yeast is the function of the different shapes and surface structures of their vegetative and sexual cells. They definitely do not produce these shapes (e.g. round, elongated, kidney, needle, hat, saturnoid, etc.) and surfaces (e.g. smooth, rough, hairy, warty, etc.) for our curiosity or to be classified, but(More)
Yeasts utilize different mechanisms to release ascospores of different lengths from bottle-shaped asci. Using electron microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and digital live imaging, the individual release of oval ascospores from tight-fitting narrow bottle-necks, is reported in the yeast Dipodascus albidus.(More)
3-Hydroxy oxylipins were uncovered on ascospores of Eremothecium sinecaudum using immunofluorescence microscopy. This was confirmed by gas chromatography mass spectrometry. These oxylipins were observed only on ascospore parts characterised by nano-scale surface ornamentations simulating a corkscrew as demonstrated by scanning electron microscopy.(More)
Eremothecium coryli is known to produce intriguing spindle-shaped ascospores with long and thin whip-like appendages. Here, ultra structural studies using scanning electron microscopy, indicate that these appendages serve to coil around themselves and around ascospores causing spore aggregation. Furthermore, using immunofluorescence confocal laser scanning(More)
Interesting distribution patterns of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, aspirin) sensitive 3-hydroxy (OH) oxylipins were previously reported in some representatives of the yeast genus Eremothecium—an important group of plant pathogens. Using immunofluorescence microscopy and 3-OH oxylipin specific antibodies in this study, we were able to map the presence of these(More)
Using immunofluorescence confocal laser scanning microscopy, immunogold transmission electron microscopy and gas chromatography--mass spectrometry, we demonstrated the presence of 3-hydroxy fatty acids in Cryptococcus neoformans. Our results suggest that these oxylipins accumulate in capsules where they are released as hydrophobic droplets through tubular(More)
Through gas chromatography - mass spectrometry, the presence of oxylipins, mainly 3-hydroxy 9:1 and 3-hydroxy 10:1, was detected in Saccharomycopsis fermentans, Saccharomycopsis javanensis, and Saccharomycopsis vini. The distribution of these compounds was mapped using immunofluorescence microscopy, and they were found to be closely associated with the(More)
We previously implicated 3-hydroxy oxylipins and ascospore structure in ascospore release from enclosed asci. Using confocal laser scanning microscopy on cells stained with fluorescein-coupled, 3-hydroxy oxylipin-specific antibodies, we found that oxylipins are specifically associated with ascospores and not the vegetative cells or ascus wall of Ascoidea(More)
Yeasts use different mechanisms to release ascospores of different lengths from bottle-shaped asci. Round to oval-shaped ascospores are enveloped in oxylipin-coated compressible sheaths, enabling ascospores to slide past each other when they reach the narrowing ascus neck. However, more elongated ascospores do not contain sheaths, but are linked by means of(More)
The distribution of 3-hydroxy oxylipins in Saturnispora saitoi was mapped using immunofluorescence microscopy. Fluorescence was observed on aggregating ascospores, indicating the presence of 3-hydroxy oxylipins on the surface or between ascospores. The oxylipin was identified as 3-hydroxy 9:1 using gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Furthermore,(More)
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