Calcineurin Orchestrates Hyphal Growth, Septation, Drug Resistance and Pathogenesis of Aspergillus fumigatus: Where Do We Go from Here?

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Journal Article (Review)

Studies on fungal pathogens belonging to the ascomycota phylum are critical given the ubiquity and frequency with which these fungi cause infections in humans. Among these species, Aspergillus fumigatus causes invasive aspergillosis, a leading cause of death in immunocompromised patients. Fundamental to A. fumigatus pathogenesis is hyphal growth. However, the precise mechanisms underlying hyphal growth and virulence are poorly understood. Over the past 10 years, our research towards the identification of molecular targets responsible for hyphal growth, drug resistance and virulence led to the elucidation of calcineurin as a key signaling molecule governing these processes. In this review, we summarize our salient findings on the significance of calcineurin for hyphal growth and septation in A. fumigatus and propose future perspectives on exploiting this pathway for designing new fungal-specific therapeutics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Juvvadi, PR; Steinbach, WJ

Published Date

  • December 16, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 883 - 893

PubMed ID

  • 26694470

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26694470

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2076-0817

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3390/pathogens4040883


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland