Rsr1 Palmitoylation and GTPase Activity Status Differentially Coordinate Nuclear, Septin, and Vacuole Dynamics in Candida albicans

T. Bedekovic, E. Agnew, A. C. Brand

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Abstract

Understanding how single eukaryotic cells self-organize to replicate and migrate is relevant to health and disease. In the fungal pathogen, Candida albicans , the small GTPase, Rsr1, guides the directional growth of hyphae that invade human tissue during life-threatening infections. Rsr1 is a Ras-like GTPase and a homolog of the conserved Rap1 subfamily, which directs migration in mammalian cells. Research into how this single GTPase delivers complex intracellular patterning is challenging established views of GTPase regulation, trafficking, and interaction. Here, we show that Rsr1 directly and indirectly coordinates the spatial and temporal development of key intracellular macrostructures, including septum formation and closure, vacuole dynamics, and nuclear division and segregation, as well as whole-cell morphology by determining branching patterns. Furthermore, we categorize these functions by differential Rsr1 localization and activity state and provide evidence to support the emerging view that the cytosolic pool of Ras-like GTPases is functionally active.
Original languageEnglish
Article number01666-20
JournalmBio
Volume11
Issue number5
Early online date13 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • candida albicans
  • GTpase signaling
  • cell polarity
  • hyphal development
  • nuclear division
  • Ras

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