Dynamic responses of Fusarium mangiferae to ultra-violet radiation

Shira Milo, Ritah Namawejje, Roi Krispin, Shay Covo*

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The repair capacity of ultra-violet (UV) light DNA damage is important for adaptation of fungi to different ecological niches. We previously showed that in the soil-borne pathogen Fusarium oxysporum photo-reactivation dependent UV repair is induced at the germling stage and reduced at the filament stage. Here, we tested the developmental control of the transcription of photolyase, UV survival, UV repair capacity, and UV induced mutagenesis in the foliar pathogen Fusarium mangiferae. Unlike F. oxysporum, neither did we observe developmental control over photo-reactivation dependent repair nor the changes in gene expression of photolyase throughout the experiment. Similarly, photo-reactivation assisted reduction in UV induced mutagenesis was similar throughout the development of F. mangiferae but fluctuated during the development of F. oxysporum. To generate hypotheses regarding the recovery of F. mangiferae after UV exposure, an RNAseq analysis was performed after irradiation at different timepoints. The most striking effect of UV on F. mangiferae was developmental-dependent induction of translation related genes. We further report a complex response that changes during recovery time and involves translation, cell cycle and lipid biology related genes.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1714-1723
Number of pages10
JournalFungal Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2024

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