Cell wall structure and biogenesis in aspergillus species

Akira Yoshimi, Ken Miyazawa, Keietsu Abe

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Abstract

Aspergillus species are among the most important filamentous fungi from the viewpoints of industry, pathogenesis, and mycotoxin production. Fungal cells are exposed to a variety of environmental stimuli, including changes in osmolality, temperature, and pH, which create stresses that primarily act on fungal cell walls. In addition, fungal cell walls are the first interactions with host cells in either human or plants. Thus, understanding cell wall structure and the mechanism of their biogenesis is important for the industrial, medical, and agricultural fields. Here, we provide a systematic review of fungal cell wall structure and recent findings regarding the cell wall integrity signaling pathways in aspergilli. This accumulated knowledge will be useful for understanding and improving the use of industrial aspergilli fermentation processes as well as treatments for some fungal infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1700-1711
Number of pages12
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Volume80
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Aspergillus species
  • Cell wall
  • Glucans
  • Polysaccharides
  • Signal transduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry

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