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The aspergilli comprise a diverse group of filamentous fungi spanning over 200 million years of evolution. Here we report the genome sequence of the model organism Aspergillus nidulans, and a comparative study with Aspergillus fumigatus, a serious human pathogen, and Aspergillus oryzae, used in the production of sake, miso and soy sauce. Our analysis of(More)
Growth of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans begins when the conidium breaks dormancy and grows isotropically. Eventually a germ tube emerges and the axis of growth remains fixed in the primary hypha while new growth axes are established basally to form secondary germ tubes and lateral branches. Rho1 is a Rho family GTPase that has been shown to be(More)
Microarray analysis was used to identify transcriptional changes in early vegetative growth of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans. The results suggest that the previously identified conidiation genes dewA, fluG, and stuA may function in isotropic expansion during early vegetative growth and asexual reproduction.
Aspergillus species are a major worldwide cause of corneal ulcers, resulting in visual impairment and blindness in immunocompetent individuals. To enhance our understanding of the pathogenesis of Aspergillus keratitis, we developed a murine model in which red fluorescent protein (RFP)-expressing A. fumigatus (Af293.1RFP) conidia are injected into the(More)
BACKGROUND Septins are cytoskeletal GTPase proteins first discovered in the fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae where they organize the septum and link nuclear division with cell division. More recently septins have been found in animals where they are important in processes ranging from actin and microtubule organization to embryonic patterning and where(More)
When the spores of filamentous fungi break dormancy, they grow isotropically, adding cell wall material uniformly in every direction. Later they switch to polarized growth, with new material added to the tip of an emerging germ tube. To identify genes involved in the synthesis and localization of cell wall material in filamentous fungi, we screened a(More)
Septins are GTPases that form filaments in fungi and animals. In addition to their original role in cell division, septins have been shown to have roles in coordinating nuclear division, membrane trafficking and organizing the cytoskeleton. Many recent studies have examined subcellular localization of septins in a wide range of fungi and animals. Septin(More)
The pathogenic mold Aspergillus fumigatus is the most frequent infectious cause of death in severely immunocompromised individuals such as leukemia and bone marrow transplant patients. Germination of inhaled conidia (asexual spores) in the host is critical for the initiation of infection, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms of this process.(More)
Microarray studies have examined global gene expression in over 20 species of filamentous fungi encompassing a wide variety of research areas. The majority have addressed aspects of metabolism or pathogenicity. Metabolic studies have revealed important differences in the transcriptional regulation of genes for primary metabolic pathways between filamentous(More)
Aspergillus fumigatus is a life-threatening and increasingly frequent pathogen of the immunocompromised. Like other filamentous fungi A. fumigatus grows in a highly polar manner, adding new cell wall to the apical region of hyphae. mAbs were raised against isolated A. fumigatus cell walls. Fifteen antibodies bound reproducibly to isolated cell walls in(More)