Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 24614084
Fungal Genet. Biol. 2014 May;66:79-85
Protein phosphatases Z that are unique to the fungal kingdom have been associated to resistance to high salt concentration, cell wall integrity, cell cycle regulation, and oxidative stress in fungi. In Aspergillus fumigatus, it was shown that PHZA is under the control of the transcription factor Skn7 and is only involved in the control of the oxidative stress. Accordingly, the ΔphzA mutant showed a defect in virulence in an experimental model of corneal infection in immunocompetent animals and that the impact on susceptibility to cell wall drugs is only secondary.