Special Issue "Fungal Nutrition Assimilation Strategies and Pathogenicity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2017)
Assoc. Prof. Julianne Djordjevic
Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, 176 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia
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Interests: mycology; fungal pathogenesis; Cryptococcus neoformans; Host-pathogen interaction; kinases; phosphate homeostasis; inositol polyphosphates; gene expression; cell biology; animal infection models; innate immune response; macrophages and monocytes
Invasive fungal infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally, particularly in patients immunocompromised as a result of HIV infection or the administration of immunosuppressive medications to prevent solid organ, hematopoietic stem cell, or bone marrow transplant rejection. They are also a major cause of disease in plants and therefore threaten the stability of global crop production. The ability of fungi to obtain enough nutrients to support their growth within their host environments is a fundamental requirement for disease outcome. With only a limited repertoire of antifungal agents available, some of which are toxic, lack pan-fungal activity and/or are costly, and the emergence of drug resistance, fungal nutrient acquisition and biosynthetic pathways may therefore provide an alternative avenue to target for future drug development.
This Special Issue focuses on research, which advances our knowledge on how fungi synthesize or acquire sufficient nutrients for proliferation, virulence factor production and the establishment of infection. This research has largely been facilitated by technological advancement in targeted disruption within fungal genomes and the establishment of animal and cell models of fungal infection.
Dr. Julianne Djordjevic
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- molecular fungal pathogenesis
- host-pathogen interaction
- nutrient biosynthesis and acquisition
- animal models
- medical mycology