Artemio Mendoza-Mendoza

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Research Officer
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Lincoln University, Burns 625B
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In nature, most plants are infested by fungi without any external manifestation of disease. These fungi are termed endophytes and are astonishingly diverse. Endophytes, improve plant growth, disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance, while the fungi themselves obtain nutrients. Despite directly benefiting from this symbiosis, plants still react to endophytes colonization by activating their immune system. Nevertheless, the activation of the plant immune system does not prevent colonization by endophytes. How endophytes evade or suppress plant immune system is largely unknown. By using cutting edge technology, Dr Artemio Mendoza-Mendoza is currently exploring the endophytic relationship between the beneficial endophytic fungus Trichoderma and plants.

Selected Publications: 
  1. Schirawski J, Mannhaupt G, Münch K, Brefort T, Schipper K, Doehlemann G, Di Stasio M, Rössel N, Mendoza-Mendoza A, Pester D, Müller O, Winterberg B, Meyer E, Ghareeb H, Wollenberg T, Münsterkötter M, Wong P, Walter M, Stukenbrock E, Güldener U, Kahmann R (2010) Pathogenicity determinants in smut fungi revealed by genome comparison. Science ;330(6010):1546-1548.
  2. Steyaert JM, Weld RJ, Mendoza-Mendoza A and Stewart A (2010). Reproduction without sex: Conidiation in the filamentous fungus Trichoderma. Microbiology. 156(Pt 10):2887-2900.
  3. Lanver D, Mendoza-Mendoz A, Brachman A, and Kahman R (2010). A Sho1 and a Msb2-related protein regulate appressorium development in the smut fungus Ustilago maydis. Plant Cell 22(6):2085-2101.
  4. Brefort, T.,Döhlemann, G., Mendoza-Mendoza A., Reißmann, S., Djamei, A and Kahmann, R. (2009). Ustilago maydis as pathogen. Annu Rev Phytopathol.: 47:423-445.
  5. Di Stasio M, Brefort T, Mendoza-Mendoza A, Münch K, Kahmann R. (2009) The dual specificity phosphatase Rok1 negatively regulates mating and pathogenicity in Ustilago maydis. Mol. Microbiol 73(1), 73–88.
  6. Mendoza-Mendoza, A., Eskova, A., Csikowsky, R and Kahmann , R. (2009) The Ustilago maydis Hap2 Protein is a Novel Regulator of Pheromone Response. Mol. Microbiol 72(3), 683–698.
  7. Mendoza-Mendoza, A., Bernd, P., Djamei, A., Linne, U., Marahiel, M., Weiss, C., Vranes, M., Kämper, J., and Kahmann, R. (2009). Physical-chemical plant-derived signals induce differentiation in Ustilago maydis. Mol. Microbiol. 71(4), 895–911.
  8. Mendoza-Mendoza A., Rosales-Saavedra T; Cortés C., Castellanos-Juárez V, Martínez P and Herrera-Estrella A. (2007) The MAP Kinase TVK1 regulates conidiation, hydrophobicity and the expression of genes encoding cell wall proteins in the fungus Trichoderma virens. Microbiology. 153(Pt 7):2137-2147. 
  9. Kamper, et al., (2006). Insights from the genome of the biotrophic fungal plant pathogen Ustilago maydis. Nature. Vol. 444 No. 2.
  10. Mendoza-Mendoza A; Pozo M; Gzergorski D., Martinez P; Garcia J;., Olmedo-Monfil V., Cortés C., Kenerley C., and Herrera- Estrella, A (2003) Enhanced biocontrol activity of Trichoderma through inactivation of a mitogen-activated protein kinase. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 100(26):15965-15970.
  11. Olmedo-Monfil, V; Mendoza-Mendoza, A; Gómez, I; Cortés, C and Herrera-Estrella, A. (2002) Multiple environmental signals determine the transcriptional activation of the mycoparasitism related gene prb1 in Trichoderma atroviride. Mol.Gen.Genom. 267:703-712.
  12. Garcia-Sainz JA., Mendoza-Mendoza A., Vazquez-Prado J. (1999) Intracellular calcium and alpha 1b-adrenoceptor phosphorylation. Arch.Med.Res. 30: 353-357. 
  13. García-Sainz JA., Mendoza-Mendoza A. Chloroquine inhibits alpha1B-adrenergic actino in hepatocytes. (1998). Eur.J.Pharmacol. 342: 333-338.
  14. Medina LC., Vazquez-Prado J., Torres-Padilla ME., Mendoza-Mendoza A., Cruz-Munoz ME., García-Sainz JA. (1998) Crosstalk: phosphorylation of alpha1b-adrenoceptors indiced through activation of bradykinin B2 receptors. FEBS-Lett. 422(2):141-145.
  15. Brefort, T., Molina, L., Doehlemann, G., Schipper, K., Mendoza-Mendoza, A., Mueller, O., Schirawski, J. and Kahmann, R. (2008). The role of secreted proteins during establishment of biotrophy in the Ustilago maydis/maize pathosystem. InBiology of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (Lorito, M., Woo, S., Scala, F. eds.)