Hydrophobins – Unique Fungal Proteins

Fungal hydrophobins Microorganisms are often covered by a proteinaceous surface layer that serves as a sieve for external molecular influx, as a shield to protect microbes from external aggression, or as an aid to help microbial dispersion. In bacteria, the latter is called the S-layer, in Actinomycetes, the rod-like fibrillar layer, and in fungi, the rodlet layer. The self-assembly properties and remarkable structural and physicochemical characteristics of hydrophobin proteins underlie the multiple roles played by these unique proteins in fungal biology.

 

Hydrophobins—Unique Fungal Proteins. (2012) PLoS Pathog 8(5): e1002700. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002700

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