Victoriano Garre

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Mucor circinelloides responds to blue light by activating carotene biosynthesis. Wild-type strains grown in darkness contain minimal amounts of β-carotene because of the low levels of transcription of the structural genes for carotenogenesis. When exposed to a light pulse, the level of transcription of these genes increases strongly, leading to the(More)
Light regulates many developmental and physiological processes in a large number of organisms. The best-known light response in the fungus Mucor circinelloides is the biosynthesis of beta-carotene. Here, we show that M. circinelloides sporangiophores also respond to light, exhibiting a positive phototropism. Analysis of both responses to different light(More)
Knockout mutants of Fusarium oxysporum lacking the putative photoreceptor Wc1 were impaired in aerial hyphae, surface hydrophobicity, light-induced carotenogenesis, photoreactivation after UV treatment, and upregulation of photolyase gene transcription. Infection experiments with tomato plants and immunodepressed mice revealed that Wc1 is dispensable for(More)
Light is an environmental signal that modulates many aspects of the biology of zygomycete fungi. Light regulation has been investigated in the zygomycetes Phycomyces blakesleeanus, Mucor circinelloides and Pilobolus crystallinus. Examples of light regulation include the phototropism of the fruiting bodies, the regulation of the development of reproductive(More)
Plants and fungi use light and other signals to regulate development, growth, and metabolism. The fruiting bodies of the fungus Phycomyces blakesleeanus are single cells that react to environmental cues, including light, but the mechanisms are largely unknown [1]. The related fungus Mucor circinelloides is an opportunistic human pathogen that changes its(More)
A gene of Blakeslea trispora has been cloned by heterologous hybridization with the Mucor circinelloides crgA gene, a repressor of light-inducible carotenogenesis. This gene is the ortholog of the M. circinelloides crgA, since it was able to restore the wild-type phenotype of a null crgA mutant of M. circinelloides. The expression of B. trispora crgA gene(More)
ABSTRACT Hydrogen peroxide of the host origin accumulates in plant apoplasts in response to pathogen attack and probably functions directly in defense reactions or in signaling, according to a previous study. Since Claviceps purpurea produces compatible interactions with hundreds of host species, we hypothesized that the fungus might interfere with(More)
The cyclic AMP (cAMP)-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) signaling pathway plays a role in regulating development, growth, and virulence in a number of fungi. To determine whether PKA plays a similar function in zygomycete fungi, a mutant of Mucor circinelloides was generated that lacks pkaR1, one of the regulatory subunits of PKA. The mutant showed a(More)
BACKGROUND Carotenoids are natural pigments with antioxidant properties that have important functions in human physiology and must be supplied through the diet. They also have important industrial applications as food colourants, animal feed additives and nutraceuticals. Some of them, such as β-carotene, are produced on an industrial scale with the use of(More)
The oleaginous fungus, Mucor circinelloides, is one of few fungi that produce high amounts of γ-linolenic acid (GLA); however, it usually only produces <25% lipid. Nevertheless, a new strain (WJ11) isolated in this laboratory can produce lipid up to 36% (w/w) cell dry weight (CDW). We have investigated the potential mechanism of high lipid accumulation in(More)