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Examining the Hypha: a Review of Growth, Cytoplasmic Organization, and Ultrastructure in Select Fungi

Abstract The distinguishing feature of the filamentous fungi is the hyphae - tube-like microscopic cells that exhibit polarized growth via apical extension and allow the fungus to interact with its environment. Fungi elongate at the hyphal apex, through the localized construction of new plasma membrane and cell wall through the exocytosis of secretory vesicles. One population of these vesicles have been identified as chitosomes, containing chitin synthase isoenzymes, which are responsible for the polymerization of N-acetylglucosamine from UDP N-acetylglucosamine into chitin, the primary fibrillar component of the fungal cell wall. The chitosomes, in addition to other vesicles, can be observed aggregating in the hyphal tip in most filamentous fung... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Fisher, Karen (Author) / Roberson, Robert W (Advisor) / Chandler, Douglas (Committee member) / Riquelme, Meritxell (Committee member) / Stutz, Jeam (Committee member) / Wojciechowski, Martin (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cellular biology / Morphology / Biology / Microscopy / Mycology / Ultrastructure
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 146 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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