Erika Regenfelder

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In the phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis, cell fusion is governed by a pheromone signalling system. The pheromone receptors belong to the seven transmembrane class that are coupled to heterotrimeric G proteins. We have isolated four genes (gpa1 to gpa4) encoding alpha subunits of G proteins. Gpa1, Gpa2 and Gpa3 have homologues in other fungal species,(More)
In the phytopathogenic basidiomycete Ustilago maydis mating and dikaryon formation are controlled by a pheromone/receptor system and the multiallelic b locus. Recently, a gene encoding a G protein α subunit, gpa3, was isolated and has subsequently been implicated in pheromone signal transduction. Mutants deleted for gpa3 are sterile and nonpathogenic, and(More)
In the corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis, mating of two haploid sporidia is a prerequisite for subsequent colonization of the host. Cyclic AMP (cAMP) and pheromone signals have been implicated in this developmental program. The cAMP pathway is also needed for subsequent fungal development in planta, as null mutants in any component of the pathway fail to(More)
InUstilago maydis thea andb mating type loci control pathogenicity as well as sexual development. We review the function of these loci in controlling the cell fusion step, the switch from yeast-like to filamentous growth and subsequent pathogenic development. Our special emphasis will be the role of pheromones and pheromone signaling in these processes.
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