Judit Kucsera

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Mitochondrial genome diversity in closely related species provides an excellent platform for investigation of chromosome architecture and its evolution by means of comparative genomics. In this study, we determined the complete mitochondrial DNA sequences of eight Candida species and analyzed their molecular architectures. Our survey revealed a puzzling(More)
Sexual activity was induced in the basidiomyceteous Phaffia rhodozyma (Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous) by depletion of nitrogen from the culture medium. This activity involved both mating between two yeast cells and the formation of basidiospores. Mating is possibly started by a G1 phase arrest of the cell cycle, as in other yeasts. The life cycle exhibited(More)
 The present survey demonstrates polymorphism in both the length and the number of double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) among six Phaffia rhodozyma strains. Strains with one-, three- and four-types of dsRNA molecules were found, while two strains proved to be dsRNA-free. Elongated icosahedral virus-like particles (VLPs) 34×26 nm in size were detected in strains(More)
Mitochondrial transmission was carried out under selective conditions between incompatible Aspergillus japonicus strains always using an oligomycin-resistant mitochondrial donor and selecting for recipient nuclei and oligomycin-resistant mitochondria. All attempted intraspecific mitochondrial transmissions were successful, but the transmission between(More)
As a part of our initiative aimed at a large-scale comparative analysis of fungal mitochondrial genomes, we determined the complete DNA sequence of the mitochondrial genome of the yeast Candida subhashii and found that it exhibits a number of peculiar features. First, the mitochondrial genome is represented by linear dsDNA molecules of uniform length (29(More)
The evaluation of pesticide-mineralising microorganisms to clean-up contaminated soils was studied with the widely applied and easily detectable compound atrazine, which is rapidly mineralised by several microorganisms including the Pseudomonas sp. strain Yaya 6. The rate of atrazine removal was proportional to the water content of the soil and the amount(More)
The basidiomycetous yeast Filobasidium capsuligenum produces a killer toxin (FC-1) which is highly effective against the opportunistic fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. The aim of this work was to study the effect of the toxin on C. neoformans cells. The sensitivities of strains representing eight molecular subtypes (VNI-IV and VGI-IV) of the C.(More)
A physical and functional map of Aspergillus tubingensis mtDNA type 2b was constructed and compared to Aspergillus niger typeI a mtDNA. The gene content and order, as well as the patterns of restriction sites, were similar. Two unidentified ORFs and several repeat elements were found in the region between the ndhl and ndh4 genes on both mtDNAs. The sizes of(More)
Wickerhamomyces anomalus VKM Y-159 strain produces two types of toxin designated as WAKT a and WAKT b, encoded by chromosomal genes. The WAKT a toxin is heat-labile, pronase sensitive acting in pH range 3-4 affecting on several yeasts including pathogenic Candida species while the WAKT b toxin is protease- and thermo-resistant, acting in pH range 3-7 on two(More)