Systematic functional analysis of kinases in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans

Kyung Tae Lee, Yee Seul So, Dong Hoon Yang, Kwang Woo Jung, Jaeyoung Choi, Dong Gi Lee, Hyojeong Kwon, Juyeong Jang, Li Li Wang, Soohyun Cha, Gena Lee Meyers, Eunji Jeong, Jae Hyung Jin, Yeonseon Lee, Joohyeon Hong, Soohyun Bang, Je Hyun Ji, Goun Park, Hyo Jeong Byun, Sung Woo ParkYoung Min Park, Gloria Adedoyin, Taeyup Kim, Anna F. Averette, Jong Soon Choi, Joseph Heitman, Eunji Cheong, Yong Hwan Lee, Yong Sun Bahn

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Abstract

Cryptococcus neoformans is the leading cause of death by fungal meningoencephalitis; however, treatment options remain limited. Here we report the construction of 264 signature-tagged gene-deletion strains for 129 putative kinases, and examine their phenotypic traits under 30 distinct in vitro growth conditions and in two different hosts (insect larvae and mice). Clustering analysis of in vitro phenotypic traits indicates that several of these kinases have roles in known signalling pathways, and identifies hitherto uncharacterized signalling cascades. Virulence assays in the insect and mouse models provide evidence of pathogenicity-related roles for 63 kinases involved in the following biological categories: growth and cell cycle, nutrient metabolism, stress response and adaptation, cell signalling, cell polarity and morphology, vacuole trafficking, transfer RNA (tRNA) modification and other functions. Our study provides insights into the pathobiological signalling circuitry of C. neoformans and identifies potential anticryptococcal or antifungal drug targets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12766
JournalNature communications
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 28

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Functional analysis
Cryptococcus neoformans
insects
pathogens
Pathogens
mice
Phosphotransferases
virulence
ribonucleic acids
larvae
deletion
Virulence
Insects
nutrients
metabolism
cells
death
genes
Cell signaling

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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Lee, Kyung Tae ; So, Yee Seul ; Yang, Dong Hoon ; Jung, Kwang Woo ; Choi, Jaeyoung ; Lee, Dong Gi ; Kwon, Hyojeong ; Jang, Juyeong ; Wang, Li Li ; Cha, Soohyun ; Meyers, Gena Lee ; Jeong, Eunji ; Jin, Jae Hyung ; Lee, Yeonseon ; Hong, Joohyeon ; Bang, Soohyun ; Ji, Je Hyun ; Park, Goun ; Byun, Hyo Jeong ; Park, Sung Woo ; Park, Young Min ; Adedoyin, Gloria ; Kim, Taeyup ; Averette, Anna F. ; Choi, Jong Soon ; Heitman, Joseph ; Cheong, Eunji ; Lee, Yong Hwan ; Bahn, Yong Sun. / Systematic functional analysis of kinases in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. In: Nature communications. 2016 ; Vol. 7.
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