alexa The cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase a network regulates development and virulence in Aspergillus fumigatus.
Genetics & Molecular Biology

Genetics & Molecular Biology

Fungal Genomics & Biology

Author(s): Liebmann B, Mller M, Braun A, Brakhage AA

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Aspergillus fumigatus is an important pathogen of immunocompromised hosts, causing pneumonia and invasive disseminated disease with high mortality. To determine the importance of the cyclic AMP (cAMP) signaling pathway for virulence, the pkaC1 gene encoding a protein kinase A (PKA) catalytic subunit was cloned and characterized. Deletion of pkaC1 led to reduced conidiation and growth. PKA activity was not detectable in DeltapkaC1, DeltagpaB, and DeltaacyA mutant strains. gpaB and acyA encode a G protein alpha subunit involved in cAMP signal transduction and adenylate cyclase, respectively. Addition of cAMP led to PKA activity in crude extracts of both the DeltagpaB and DeltaacyA strains but not in crude extracts of the DeltapkaC1 strain. These findings provide evidence that PKAC1 represents the predominant form of PKA under the conditions tested, and GPAB and ACYA are members of the cAMP signaling cascade. Analysis of a pksPp-lacZ gene fusion indicated that the expression of the pathogenicity determinant-encoding pksP gene was reduced in DeltapkaC1 mutant strains compared with the expression of the gene fusion in the parental strain. In a low-dose murine inhalation model, conidia of both the DeltapkaC1 and DeltagpaB mutant strains were almost avirulent. Taken together, these findings indicate that the cAMP-PKA signal transduction pathway is required for A. fumigatus pathogenicity.
This article was published in Infect Immun and referenced in Fungal Genomics & Biology

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri, Food, Aqua and Veterinary Science Journals

Dr. Krish

agrifoodaquavet@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Clinical and Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

clinical_biochem@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals

Ronald

business@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

chemicaleng_chemistry@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katie Wilson

environmentalsci@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

engineering@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science and Health care Journals

Andrea Jason

generalsci_healthcare@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics and Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

genetics_molbio@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

immuno_microbio@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Informatics Journals

Stephanie Skinner

omics@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Material Sciences Journals

Rachle Green

materialsci@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Mathematics and Physics Journals

Jim Willison

mathematics_physics@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

medical@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

neuro_psychology@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

John Behannon

pharma@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

social_politicalsci@omicsonline.com

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version