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Small GTPases. 2017 Sep 29:1-7. doi: 10.1080/21541248.2017.1378157. [Epub ahead of print]

Overexpression of YPT6 restores invasive filamentous growth and secretory vesicle clustering in a Candida albicans arl1 mutant.

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a Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, INSERM, iBV, Parc Valrose , Nice , FRANCE.

Abstract

Virulence of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans depends on the switch from budding to filamentous growth. Deletion of the Arf GTPase Arl1 results in hyphae that are shorter as well as reduced virulence. How Arl1 is regulated during hyphal growth, a process characteristic of filamentous fungi, yet absent in S. cerevisiae, is unknown. Here, we investigated the importance of the Rab6 homolog, Ypt6, in Arl1-dependent hyphal growth and determined that YPT6 overexpression specifically rescued the hyphal growth defect of an arl1 mutant, but not the converse. Furthermore, we show that deletion of ARL1 results in an alteration of the distribution of the Rab8 homolog, Sec4, in hyphal cells and that this defect is restored upon YPT6 overexpression.

KEYWORDS:

Arf; Rab; hyphal growth; secretion; yeast morphogenesis

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