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Biochemical Properties and Possible Roles of Ectophosphatase Activities in Fungi

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
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  • Ectophosphatase
  • Host-Pathogen Interaction
  • Fungal Adhesion
  • Fungal Infection
  • Biology
  • Medicine


however, it has been suggested that these enzymes play important roles in nutrition, proliferation, differentiation, adhesion, virulence and infection. Adhesion to host cells is the first step in establishing a fungal infection and ectophosphatases may be one of the first parasite proteins that come into contact with the host cells. Several results indicate that ectophosphatase activities increase the capacity of fungi to adhere to the host cells. In this context, the present review provides an overview of recent discoveries related to the occurrence and possible roles of ectophosphatase activities in fungal cells.

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