Journal article

Gene Function Analysis in the Ubiquitous Human Commensal and Pathogen Malassezia Genus

Giuseppe Ianiri, Anna F Averette, Joanne M Kingsbury, Joseph Heitman, Alexander Idnurm

mBio | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2016

Abstract

The genus Malassezia includes 14 species that are found on the skin of humans and animals and are associated with a number of diseases. Recent genome sequencing projects have defined the gene content of all 14 species; however, to date, genetic manipulation has not been possible for any species within this genus. Here, we develop and then optimize molecular tools for the transformation of Malassezia furfur and Malassezia sympodialis using Agrobacterium tumefaciens delivery of transfer DNA (T-DNA) molecules. These T-DNAs can insert randomly into the genome. In the case of M. furfur, targeted gene replacements were also achieved via homologous recombination, enabling deletion of the ADE2 gene ..

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Grants

Awarded by HHS | NIH | National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)


Awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES


Funding Acknowledgements

This work, including the efforts of Joseph Heitman, was funded by HHS | NIH | National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) (AI50113-13 and AI39115-19). This work, including the efforts of Alexander Idnurm, was funded by Australian Research Council (ARC) and by Procter and Gamble (P&G).