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Quantitative proteomics and metabolomics approaches to demonstrate N-acetyl-d-glucosamine inducible amino acid deprivation response as morphological switch in Candida albicans.
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PMID:  22406769     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Candida albicans is a life threatening polymorphic pathogen for immunocompromised patients, causing superficial as well as invasive systemic diseases. The mucosal membranes of the host, which are the primary sites of its infection, are rich in amino sugars like N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc). GlcNAc is also one of the potent inducers of morphological transition, an important pathogenic trait of C. albicans. We thus performed proteomic analysis on total soluble proteins to identify the molecules involved in this response. Proteomic analysis using 2-DE demonstrated reproducible upregulation of 36 spots from a total of 585 matched spots. Mass spectroscopy (MS/MS) analyses of upregulated proteins revealed that carbohydrate and amino acid metabolism were the most prominent functional classes. Metabolite profiling using GC-MS allowed a quantitative comparison of 58 metabolites in GlcNAc or glucose grown cells. We observed a significant decrease in the intracellular amino acid pool of GlcNAc grown cells. Moreover, GlcNAc induces both bZIP transcription factor (GCN4) and eIF2α kinase (GCN2) which are responsible for the activation of general amino acid control response in C. albicans. Inactivation of these genes blocks GlcNAc induced morphogenesis. Altogether these results suggest that amino acid starvation is the morphogenetic signal in presence of GlcNAc in C. albicans.
Mohan Kamthan; Gauranga Mukhopadhyay; Niranjan Chakraborty; Subhra Chakraborty; Asis Datta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Fungal genetics and biology : FG & B     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1096-0937     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9607601     Medline TA:  Fungal Genet Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India; Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
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