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The role of autophagy on the pathogenicity of Cryptococcus neoformans and as a potential drug target


Cryptocaccus neoformans and C. gattii are two fungal pathogens that infect humans with normal and suppressed immune systems, killing more than 500,000 people each year. Both species have hallmarks properties of having southern hemisphere origins, yet there is a limited focus on these neglected pathogens in countries like Brazil and Australia. The proposal aims to use the medium of a research collaboration based on the process of autophagy in C. neoformans to link two laboratories at the Federal University of Sao Paulo and the University of Melbourne, building on the expertise and resources of the investigators at both institutions. Planned experiments will include a proteomic examination of interacting partners with the Ape4 protein, and an accurate assessment of the possible role of the ATG4 gene in viability of C. neoformans. In addition, as part of planned exchanges each year, broader interactions will be initiated to provide wider benefits to each University and in order to assemble a consortium of investigators from southern hemisphere countries to tackle the pathogenic Cryptococcus species (AU)

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ROBERTO, THIAGO NUNES; LIMA, RICARDO FERREIRA; PASCON, RENATA CASTIGLIONI; IDNURM, ALEXANDER; VALLIM, MARCELO AFONSO. Biological functions of the autophagy-related proteins Atg4 and Atg8 in Cryptococcus neoformans. PLoS One, v. 15, n. 4, . (15/04400-9, 16/14542-8, 16/50185-5)

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