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Name: Prof. Dr. di Pietro, Antonio
Address: Edificio Mendel 5, Campus Univers. de Rabanales
Institution: Dpto. Genetica, Universidad de Cordoba
City: Cordoba Zip: ES-14071
Country: Spain Phone:


Research Topics:
Fungi cause disease in plant and animal hosts. The extent to which virulence determinants are conserved between both classes of pathogens is unknown. We have developed a dual plant-animal infection model based on a single strain of Fusarium oxysporum, the causal agent of vascular wilt disease in plants and an emerging opportunistic pathogen of humans. Injection of microconidia of the well-characterized tomato pathogenic isolate 4287 in the lateral tail vein of immunodepressed mice resulted in disseminated infection of multiple organs and death of the animals. Knockout mutants in genes encoding a Pmk1-type mitogen-activated protein kinase, the pH response transcription factor PacC or a class V chitin synthase, all previously shown to be implicated in virulence on tomato plants, were tested in the disseminated mouse model. Our results indicate that some of these virulence factors play functionally distinct roles during infection of tomato and mice. Thus, a single F. oxysporum strain can be used to study fungal virulence mechanisms in plant and mammalian pathogenesis.


Organisms studied:
  • Fusarium oxysporum


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Suggestions for potential research cooperations:
Fungal virulence mechanisms, evolutionary relationship between fungal pathogenicity on plants and mammals
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