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  • n. Any of a number of filamentous unicellular protists of the class Oomycetes; the water molds


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  • Once the host's immune system has been disabled, the fungus or oomycete swiftly follows up, breaking and entering the cell and unleashing disease.


  • Molecular characterization and functional analyses of effectors from the oomycete plant pathogen Phytophthora infestans with particular emphasis on host-translocated

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  • Prior experience with cloning and characterization of oomycete avirulence effectors highly desired.

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  • Agriculture -- once a fungus or an oomycete comes into contact with a host, it may initiate an infection by secreting a special protein, called an effector, into spaces between the host's cells.

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  • This discovery suggests that fungal and oomycete effectors might also enter animal and human cells through the same newly-discovered method they use to enter plants.

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  • The Tyler team's findings also demonstrated that it is possible to block fungi and oomycete effectors from entering host cells by preventing them from attaching to binding lipids.

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  • Unrestrained by the host's damaged immune system, the infecting fungus or oomycete is free to spread unchecked throughout the host's tissues.

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  • It also suggests that this phenomenon may, in fact, be an attack mechanism common to fungal and oomycete diseases of plants, animals and humans.

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  • Each fungal and oomycete effector consists of a long chain of amino acids.

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  • Late blight is caused by a fungus-like organism called an oomycete that's spread by airborne spores.

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