Protein glycosylation in Candida

Hector M Mora-Montes, Patricia Ponce-Noyola, Julio C Villagómez-Castro, Neil A R Gow, Arturo Flores-Carreón, Everardo López-Romero

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Abstract

Candidiasis is a significant cause of invasive human mycosis with associated mortality rates that are equivalent to, or worse than, those cited for most cases of bacterial septicemia. As a result, considerable efforts are being made to understand how the fungus invades host cells and to identify new targets for fungal chemotherapy. This has led to an increasing interest in Candida glycobiology, with an emphasis on the identification of enzymes essential for glycoprotein and adhesion metabolism, and the role of N- and O-linked glycans in host recognition and virulence. Here, we refer to studies dealing with the identification and characterization of enzymes such as dolichol phosphate mannose synthase, dolichol phosphate glucose synthase and processing glycosidases and synthesis, structure and recognition of mannans and discuss recent findings in the context of Candida albicans pathogenesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1167-1183
Number of pages17
JournalFuture Microbiology
Volume4
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

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Keywords

  • candida
  • candidiasis
  • cell adhesion
  • glycosylation
  • host-pathogen interactions
  • humans
  • transferases
  • virulence

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Mora-Montes, H. M., Ponce-Noyola, P., Villagómez-Castro, J. C., Gow, N. A. R., Flores-Carreón, A., & López-Romero, E. (2009). Protein glycosylation in Candida. Future Microbiology, 4(9), 1167-1183. https://doi.org/10.2217/fmb.09.88