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Molecular characterization of the Aspergillus Fumigatus Ncs-1 homologue, NcsA.

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André Oliveira Mota Júnior
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: Ribeirão Preto.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (PCARP/BC)
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Examining board members:
Gustavo Henrique Goldman; Claudio Miguel da Costa Neto; Angela Kaysel Cruz; Joao Atilio Jorge; Alexander Henning Ulrich
Advisor: Gustavo Henrique Goldman

Here, we characterize the A. fumigatus Neuronal Calcium Sensor, ncsA homologue. We showed that ncsA is not an essential gene and ncsA growth was decreased in the presence of EGTA and SDS. Furthermore, the ncsA mutant is more resistant to calcium chloride. NcsA:mRFP localizes to the cytoplasm that its cellular localization is not affected by the cellular response to calcium chloride. The ncsA mutant strain is more sensitive to voriconazole, itraconazole, and the ergosterol intercalating agent, amphotericin. Polar growth in the DncsA mutant strain was also considerably more affected by lovastatin than in the wild type mutant strain. The Spitzenkörper cannot be visualized in the DncsA mutant, and there is a significant decrease of the endosome/vacuole structures. NcsA supports pmcA and pmcB expression therefore reduced expression of these ion pumps, and also of other genes involved in the response to calcium in A. fumigatus. The ncsA inactivation mutation is not causing loss of virulence in a low dose murine infection when compared to the corresponding wild type strain. (AU)