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Identificación de algunos genes asociados al proceso de germinación de la conidia al micelio en Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. / [Identification of genes associated with germination of conidia to form mycelia in the fungus Paracoccidioides brasiliensis].

García, Ana María; Hernández, Orville; Aristizábal, Beatriz H; Cano, Luz Elena; Restrepo, Angela; McEwen, Juan G.
Biomedica; 29(3): 403-12, 2009 Sep.
Espanhol | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-20436992

INTRODUCTION:

Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is a thermo-dimorphic fungus. At room temperature it grows as a mold that produces conidia, whereas in the vertebrate host it grows as a multiple-budding yeast. The molecular mechanisms involved in the germination from the conidia to the mycelia process remain unknown.

OBJECTIVE:

The kinetics of conidia to mycelia germination process were studied in the dimorphic fungus P. brasiliensis. Gene expression during this process was evaluated by construction and analysis of an EST library. MATERIALS AND

METHODS:

For the germination kinetics study, P. brasiliensis conidia were isolated as single cell units. Then, they were cultured at 18 degrees C in BHI (brain-heart infusion) broth for 24, 48, 72 and 96 hr. After each perion, they were examined by light microscopy. From conidia harvested at 96 hr, an EST library was constructed; at this stage the gene expression was presumed to be maximal for the germination process.

RESULTS:

During the conidia to the mycelia developmental process, the following germination rates were observed at 24 hr, 11.7+/-1.2%; at 48 hr, 30+/-0.6%; at 72 hr, 43+/-1.3%; and at 96 hr, 66+/-2.4%. At the 96 hour stage, an EST library was constructed. It consisted of 129 sequences grouped in 4 contigs and 7 singlets for a total of 11 possible genes. Eight of the sequences had not been described previously in other EST libraries of this fungus.

CONCLUSIONS:

New genes were identified that were expressed during the conidia to the mycelia germination process and may represent genes specific to the germination process.