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Positive regulation of the Candida albicans multidrug efflux pump Cdr1p function by phosphorylation of its N-terminal extension.

Tsao S, Weber S, Cameron C, Nehme D, Ahmadzadeh E, Raymond M

Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada.

Overexpression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters is a frequent cause of multidrug resistance in cancer cells and pathogenic microorganisms. One example is the Cdr1p transporter from the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans that belongs to the pleiotropic drug resistance (PDR) subfamily of ABC transporters found in fungi and plants. Cdr1p is overexpressed in several azole-resistant clinical isolates, causing azole efflux and treatment failure. Cdr1p appears as a doublet band in western blot analyses, suggesting that the protein is post-translationally modified. We investigated whether Cdr1p is phosphorylated and the function of this modification.

J. Antimicrob. Chemother. 2016;71(11):3125-3134.

Pubmed ID: 27402010

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