Special Issue "Transcriptional Control in Candida"

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X). This special issue belongs to the section "Fungal Genomics, Genetics and Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Aaron D. Hernday
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Guest Editor
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced, CA 95343, USA
Interests: microbial epigenetics; transcriptional regulation; phenotypic switching; systems and synthetic biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue in the Journal of Fungi will explore the complex world of transcriptional regulation within the opportunistic human fungal pathogens of the Candida clade. This clade is host to several fungal pathogens of humans, including C. albicans, C. glabrata, C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, C. krusei, and C. auris, which are the predominant causes of nosocomial fungal infections. Although typically found as commensal members of the human microbiota, these fungi can transition to a pathogenic growth state, resulting in invasive or disseminated candidiasis with associated mortality rates exceeding 40%. While there are many unique differences between these species, they all share the ability to adapt to a wide range of environmental niches upon and within mammalian hosts, and they can transition between commensal and pathogenic states in response to complex environmental cues. Furthermore, many of these species can form two or more distinct morphologies and/or form tightly knit microbial communities known as biofilms. Several of these species also undergo a form of phenotypic differentiation that can be heritably maintained through hundreds or even thousands of cell divisions via epigenetic mechanisms. This phenotypic and morphological plasticity, and the ability to differentiate into distinct “developmental” programs, is controlled by complex, and often highly intertwined, transcriptional regulatory networks. In fact, some of the transcriptional networks that have been characterized in C. albicans bear striking similarities to the networks that control cellular differentiation in mammals. Thus, C. albicans has emerged as a powerful and compelling model system not only for investigating the transcriptional regulatory systems that control these fascinating aspects of Candida biology, but also as a potential model system for understanding more complex transcriptional networks in higher eukaryotes. 

This Special Issue will feature a collection of original research articles and brief research reports, in addition to reviews, mini-reviews, methods, and opinion or perspective articles, that contribute to our understanding of transcriptional regulation within the opportunistic human fungal pathogens of the Candida clade. Contributions that focus on any aspect of Candida transcription, ranging from the molecular through organismal, population, or evolutionary level, are welcome. Studies that incorporate integrative or comparative approaches to expand our understanding of the highly interwoven, yet functionally distinct, transcriptional regulatory networks that control key phenotypic, morphological, or “developmental” programs within the Candida clade are of particular interest.

Dr. Aaron D. Hernday
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Candida
  • candidiasis
  • transcriptional regulation
  • host–fungal interactions
  • functional genomics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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