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Galactomannan produced by Aspergillus fumigatus: an update on the structure, Biosynthesis and biological functions of an emblematic fungal biomarker

Abstract : The galactomannan (GM) that is produced by the human fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus is an emblematic biomarker in medical mycology. The GM is composed of two monosaccharides: mannose and galactofuranose. The furanic configuration of galactose residues, absent in mammals, is responsible for the antigenicity of the GM and has favoured the development of ELISA tests to diagnose aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients. The GM that is produced by A. fumigatus is a unique fungal polysaccharide containing a tetramannoside repeat unit and having three different forms: (i) membrane bound through a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchor, (ii) covalently linked to β-1,3-glucans in the cell wall, or (iii) released in the culture medium as a free polymer. Recent studies have revealed the crucial role of the GM during vegetative and polarized fungal growth. This review highlights these recent data on its biosynthetic pathway and its biological functions during the saprophytic and pathogenic life of this opportunistic human fungal pathogen.
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Thierry Fontaine, Jean-Paul Latgé. Galactomannan produced by Aspergillus fumigatus: an update on the structure, Biosynthesis and biological functions of an emblematic fungal biomarker. Journal of Fungi, MDPI, 2020, 6 (4), pp.283. ⟨10.3390/jof6040283⟩. ⟨pasteur-03254734⟩

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