Special Issue "Fungal Cell Wall"
A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2017).
The fungal cell is surrounded by a wall, which acts as a sieve, as well as a reservoir, for effector molecules that play an active role during infection. Considered a living organelle, the cell wall is essential for growth and crucial for resisting host defense mechanisms. Polysaccharides constitute >70% of the cell wall, and their biosynthesis is under the control of three types of enzymes: Transmembrane synthases, cell wall associated transglycosidases, and glycosylhydrolases; these are responsible for the remodeling of the de novo synthesized polysaccharides resulting in the characteristic three-dimensional structure of the cell wall. While certain polysaccharides are species- or genus- specific, some of them, such as β-(1,3)-glucan and chitin, are common to all fungal species, but both display fungus- and morphotype-specific differences in their concentration and localization. The cell wall is covered by an outer layer or extracellular matrix with hydrophobic, adhesive, and protective properties and plays a major role during infection. Importantly, host recognition of the fungal cell wall is essential for the initiation of the immune response. Moreover, because of their specific composition, the fungal cell wall and its outer layer are unique targets for the development of drugs against pathogenic fungal species.
Dr. Anne Beauvais
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