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The structure and synthesis of the fungal cell wall
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Except where otherwise stated, drug dosages and recommendations are for the non-pregnant adult who is not breastfeeding. The majority of fungi produce filamentous hyphae, some produce yeast cells, and almost all produce spores. Fungi produce a wide range of different types of hyphae, yeast cells, and spores. This chapter focuses on describing the structure and organization of these different cell types with an emphasis on those produced by human fungal pathogens.
A discussion of the highly specialized cells produced by the obligate, fungal pathogens Pneumocystis and Microsporidia are beyond the scope of this review.
The majority of fungi are moulds, which are characterized by producing filamentous hyphae. Different types of hyphae possess unique combinations of structural, behavioural, and functional attributes. The vegetative hypha at the periphery of a colony is a tip-growing cellular element that undergoes regular branching, is commonly multinucleate, and usually produces septa cross walls. The mass of vegetative hyphae in the colony of a filamentous fungus is referred to as a mycelium.
Many but not all filamentous fungi undergo prolific cell fusion within the colony to form a complex interconnected hyphal network Figure 4. Figure 4. It shows an outer peripheral zone in which the hyphae avoid each other negative tropisms and a subperipheral region in which certain hyphal branches home towards each other and anastomose to form an interconnected network of hyphae.
Expansion of the colony outwards is limited to tip growth of leading hyphae at the periphery of the colony. Reproduced from Buller A. This is further complicated by most true filamentous fungi forming hyphae with septa that commonly, but not invariably, possess central pores.
These septal pores can be open, allowing cytoplasmic and organelle transport between adjacent hyphal compartments, or blocked, preventing such movement. If these septal pores are occluded, we can consider the hyphal compartment to be a true cell. However, because the colonies of true filamentous fungi frequently have extensive regions in which there is cytoplasmic continuity between multiple hyphal compartments, the fungal colonies or parts thereof are often referred to as having a supracellular state Read However, in contrast to this, the hyphae of Candida albicans are composed of true, uninucleate compartmentalized cells that are not connected via their cytoplasm.
Hyphae exhibit extraordinary developmental versatility, phenotypic plasticity, and diverse functionality. They serve key roles in colony establishment, exploration, and invasion of their environment including that of the host ; nutrient mobilization by secreting extracellular digestive enzymes; uptake of nutrients from the environment; translocation of nutrients and water within the colony; defence of their occupied substratum by producing antibiotics; long-distance signalling; and reproduction, dispersal, and survival by the formation of spores.
To fulfil these diverse functions, hyphae, or different regions of individual hyphae, can become specialized, which in turn is manifested by differences in their structure and organization Read Hyphae can be involved in producing complex multicellular tissues and organs, but these are formed in a fundamentally different way to those found in animals and plants.
Multicellular development at this level involves hyphal aggregation and adhesion, followed by specialization and septation of hyphal compartments within the aggregate. A wide range of multicellular structures resulting from hyphal aggregation are formed by fungi, including sclerotia and both asexual and sexual fruit bodies Read ; Lord and Read Most research on fungal hyphae has focused on understanding the growth and cell biology of vegetative hyphae at the colony periphery in a monoculture in, or on, a homogeneous, artificial nutrient growth medium Figure 4.
These hyphae are generally regarded as the sole contributors to the radial extension of a mature colony of a filamentous fungus Moore et al. However, it is clear that there are other types of less understood specialized hyphae, including germ tubes which emerge from spores and are involved in colony establishment, and hyphae that produce spores. Hyphae can also be specialized for invading host tissue e.
They may also contain organelles e. The mature vegetative hyphae at the periphery of an established colony elongate by means of tip growth. This process involves highly polarized secretion and cell wall synthesis that is restricted to a region occupying only a few micrometres at the apices of the extending hyphae Riquelme ; Schultzhaus and Shaw This structure is usually only found within the tip of a growing hypha, and its precise position within the hyphal tip is coincident with the subsequent direction of hyphal growth.
The vesicles are believed to be mostly secretory in function, and different vesicles in some fungi have been shown to contain different cell wall synthesizing enzymes. More specifically, the vesicle supply centre is viewed as a moveable distribution centre for vesicles involved in cell surface expansion, the mathematical basis of which has been elegantly modelled Bartnicki-Garcia et al. Nuclei green were labelled with green fluorescent protein, and membranes stained with FM red.
The extension of these hyphae is restricted to a few micrometres at these hyphal tips. Hyphal growth responds extremely sensitively and quickly sometimes within seconds to a myriad of signals within the changing, heterogeneous microenvironments through which hyphae explore and invade.
The hyphae of pathogens respond to chemical and physical signals from the host that can be used as cues to assist the successful penetration and invasion of host tissue. Hyphal growth of the human pathogen Candida albicans responds to the physical properties and microtopography of the surface on which it grows—a process termed thigmotropism. These thigmotropic responses can facilitate tissue invasion—as has been compellingly demonstrated in a number of fungal plant pathogens Brand and Gow Thigmotropism is demonstrated most elegantly on artificial, microfabricated surfaces that are devoid of host chemical signals.
Reproduced from Thomson D. Reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution Version 4. The classical view of the polarized secretory process that underlies hyphal tip growth is that proteins are synthesized on the endoplasmic reticulum and then transported to closely associated Golgi apparatus within which they are glycosylated. As indicated earlier, different cell wall synthesizing enzymes can be delivered to the hyphal tip in different secretory vesicles, or they can be delivered to the tip in the same vesicle.
The advantage of the latter is that the enzymes are exocytosed at the same site on the apical plasma membrane, thus establishing a local focus of coordinated cell wall synthesis Schuster et al. There are also other secretory pathways in hyphae about which we understand little, including the secretion involved in subapical branch formation, septum formation, and even intercalary growth Read In contrast to animal and plant Golgi apparatus, fungal Golgi bodies are uniquely not organized as stacks of flattened cisternae or dictyosomes.
Instead, the Golgi bodies of fungi appear as single tubular, and often fenestrated, cisternae that vary in shape from cup-like to planar bodies Roberson et al. However, they are functionally equivalent to the stacked Golgi bodies of other organisms and are thus often referred to as Golgi equivalents Figure 4. It should be noted that the Golgi bodies in fungal cells are commonly incorrectly portrayed in textbooks as stacked cisternae. Significant insights into the molecular basis of hyphal tip growth have been acquired in recent years Riquelme ; Riquelme and Sanchez-Leon In hyphal tips, cell-end marker landmark proteins mark sites on the plasma membrane for polarized growth.
Sterol-rich domains in the plasma membrane are believed to regulate the positioning of these cell-end markers Takeshita et al. Rho GTPases are recruited to the landmarked plasma membrane regions Fischer et al. The polarisome is a key multiprotein complex involved in regulating the actin cytoskeleton and secretory machinery required for polarized hyphal growth, whilst the exocyst is composed of proteins that regulate secretory vesicle docking and fusion with the plasma membrane Riquelme et al.
The fungal cell wall is a highly regulated, dynamic organelle surrounding the fungal cell. All of these roles are important in fungal pathogenesis.
The precise composition, however, varies considerably between different fungal species and is highly regulated and sensitive to environmental changes. The structure, composition, and mechanical properties of the cell wall also vary considerably along the length of a polarized hypha.
Septa are also composed of typically thick cell walls bordered by plasma membrane Roberson et al. There are three main cytoskeletal elements in fungi: microtubules, actin microfilaments, and septins.
Microtubules and actin microfilaments form a dynamic interconnected, interacting system throughout the cytoplasm and play a variety of roles, including the formation of spindles—allowing chromosome segregation during nuclear division—and nuclear positioning—providing tracks for the transport of secretory vesicles to hyphal tips and for the intracellular movement of organelles and protein complexes Xiang and Oakley In true filamentous fungi e.
Microtubules have been forced into closer proximity to each other by the inward growing septum. The transport of secretory vesicles and other intracellular cargo along cytoskeletal elements is driven by motor proteins Figure 4. Kinesin and dynein motor proteins transport cargo along microtubules Xiang and Oakley ; Egan et al.
Septins form protein complexes with each other and further assemble into supramolecular structures such as filaments and rings. These structures can allow septins to function in localizing other proteins within different regions of cells either by providing a scaffold to which other proteins can attach themselves or by providing a diffusion barrier for molecules. As a result, septins are particularly important in compartmentalizing membrane domains and generating cell asymmetry such as during polarized hyphal growth Khan et al.
Besides secretion i. Endocytosis is a mechanism by which endocytic vesicles are budded off the cytoplasmic side of the plasma membrane, allowing plasma membrane molecules, extracellular molecules, and fluids to be taken up by fungal cells. It plays important roles in the internalization of membrane proteins and lipids for degradation, the recycling of these membrane molecules back to the plasma membrane, and the uptake of certain signal molecules.
F-actin is involved in endocytic vesicle assembly and is commonly visualized as actin patches. Endocytic vesicles fuse with an organelle called the early endosome, which acts as a molecular sorting compartment by directing molecules for degradation in the vacuole or recycling them back to the plasma membrane.
Endosomes are extraordinarily dynamic in fungal hyphae and exhibit rapid bidirectional movement that involves a complex interplay between the motor proteins kinesin and dynein along microtubules. There is growing evidence that endosomes perform other important functions in hyphae.
For example, they have been shown to shuttle proteins between the hyphal tip and the subapical vacuoles in which they are degraded. They have also been found to deliver other molecules and protein complexes to the hyphal tip. Hyphae undergo branch formation. This is an essential feature serving different roles during colony development. Branching allows hyphae to increase their surface area to maximize nutrient acquisition from their surrounding environment.
Hyphal branches can also differentiate to serve different specialized functions to those of their parent hyphae e. The predominant form of hyphal branching is subapical Figures 4. Interestingly, apical branching has not been observed in the hyphae of the filamentous yeast C. Branching is influenced by external and internal factors, but the mechanism by which branch initiation is regulated is little understood.
It clearly involves the establishment of polarized growth from a new site along a hypha, and its formation involves much of the machinery involved in the maintenance of tip growth Harris The leading hyphae and their lateral branches at the colony periphery tend to strongly avoid each other a negative tropism by some unknown mechanism of intercellular signalling.
This process serves to space these hyphae and branches apart, which minimizes their competition for nutrients from the environment Figures 4. As indicated earlier, fungal hyphae typically possess septa. They are formed periodically along the hypha and are mostly initiated in the extending apical hyphal compartment.
Septa in some species are produced in the vicinity of hyphal branches, whilst in other species they are not Harris An actomyosin ring containing F-actin and myosin forms adjacent to the plasma membrane at a site at which a septum will subsequently form. It then contracts and guides plasma membrane invagination and localized cell wall synthesis resulting from localized secretion in this region Figure 4.
Hyphal septa in true filamentous fungi are not normally complete and retain a septal pore.
The Fungal Cell Wall: Structure, Biosynthesis, and Function
The molecular composition of the cell wall is critical for the biology and ecology of each fungal species. Fungal walls are composed of matrix components that are embedded and linked to scaffolds of fibrous load-bearing polysaccharides. Most of the major cell wall components of fungal pathogens are not represented in humans, other mammals, or plants, and therefore the immune systems of animals and plants have evolved to recognize many of the conserved elements of fungal walls. For similar reasons the enzymes that assemble fungal cell wall components are excellent targets for antifungal chemotherapies and fungicides. However, for fungal pathogens, the cell wall is often disguised since key signature molecules for immune recognition are sometimes masked by immunologically inert molecules.
The fungal wall can justifiably be described as a sophisticated cell organelle because of the range of functions for which it is responsible and for its importance as a feature which is characteristic of the fungi. In this Chapter we will discuss the fungal wall as a working organelle, and then consider the fundamental aspects of wall structure, function and wall architecture. We will describe each of the main components in detail; the chitin component, the glucan, and the glycoprotein. Wall synthesis and remodelling is also described, although you should already be aware of some of the mechanisms that may be involved discussed in Section 5. Robson and Anthony P. Table of Contents Chapter 5: Fungal cell biology Chapter 6: Structure and synthesis of fungal cell walls.
The Fungal Cell Wall: Structure, Biosynthesis, and Function.
Glycoconjugates and polysaccharides of fungal cell wall and activation of immune system. Pinto, M. II ; Taborda C. The fate of organochlorine 14 C-dicofol in activated sludge process was investigated. Results showed that the major part of radioactivity remained adsorbed on biological sludge.
It provides the cell with both structural support and protection, and also acts as a filtering mechanism. A short summary of this paper. The fungal cell wall is a dynamic structure that protects the cell from changes in osmotic pressure and other environmental stresses, while allowing the fungal cell to interact with its environment.
The fungal cell wall is located outside the plasma membrane and is the cell compartment that mediates all the relationships of the cell with the environment. It protects the contents of the cell, gives rigidity and defines the cellular structure. The cell wall is a skeleton with high plasticity that protects the cell from different stresses, among which osmotic changes stand out.
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