Cross-talk between cAMP and calcium signalling in Aspergillus niger

Mojca Benčina, Matic Legišan, Nick D. Read

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    Very little is known about cross-talk between cAMP and calcium signalling in filamentous fungi. The aim of this study was to analyse the influence of cAMP and protein kinase A (PKA)-dependent phosphorylation on calcium signalling in Aspergillus niger. For this purpose, cytosolic free calcium ([Ca 2+]c) was measured in living hyphae expressing codon-optimized aequorin. The calcium signature following mechanical perturbation was analysed after applying dibutryl-cAMP or IBMX which increased intracellular cAMP, or H7 which inhibited phosphorylation by PKA. Calcium signatures were also measured in mutant strains in which phosphorylation by PKA was increased or lacking. The results indicated that calcium channels were activated by cAMP-mediated, PKA-dependent phosphorylation. Further evidence for cross-talk between cAMP and calcium signalling came from the analysis of a mutant in which the catalytic subunit of PKA was under the control of an inducible promoter. The consequence of PKA induction was a transient increase in [Ca2+]c which correlated with a polar-apolar transition in hyphal morphology. A transient increase in [Ca2+]c was not observed in this mutant when the morphological shift was in the opposite direction. The [Ca2+]c signatures in response to mechanical perturbation by polarized and unpolarized cells were markedly different indicating that these two cell types possessed different calcium signalling capabilities. These results were consistent with PKA-dependent phosphorylation increasing [Ca2+]c to induce a polar to apolar shift in hyphal morphology. © 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)268-281
    Number of pages13
    JournalMolecular Microbiology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


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