Transcriptional regulation of the caspofungin-induced cell wall damage response in Candida albicans.

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Transcriptional regulation of the caspofungin-induced cell wall damage response in Candida albicans.

Curr Genet. 2020 Sep 02;:

Authors: Heredia MY, Gunasekaran D, Ikeh MAC, Nobile CJ, Rauceo JM

Abstract
The human fungal pathogen Candida albicans maintains pathogenic and commensal states primarily through cell wall functions. The echinocandin antifungal drug caspofungin inhibits cell wall synthesis and is widely used in treating disseminated candidiasis. Signaling pathways are critical in coordinating the adaptive response to cell wall damage (CWD). C. albicans executes a robust transcriptional program following caspofungin-induced CWD. A comprehensive analysis of signaling pathways at the transcriptional level facilitates the identification of prospective genes for functional characterization and propels the development of novel antifungal interventions. This review article focuses on the molecular functions and signaling crosstalk of the C. albicans transcription factors Sko1, Rlm1, and Cas5 in caspofungin-induced CWD signaling.

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