Fungal extracellular vesicles in interkingdom communication

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Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have recently emerged as a key method of communication between cells. In this chapter, we examine the evidence for their role in inter-kingdom communication, in particular in the context of pathogenic fungi and their hosts. We detail what is known about modes of EV-driven communication, the consequences for host-pathogen interactions and the compositional and physical properties of the vesicles themselves. Looking forward, we point to the growing need for a detailed understanding of the heterogeneity of EV populations. This heterogeneity is likely to be key in understanding the diversity of responses to fungal infection in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFungal Extracellular Vesicles
Subtitle of host publicationBiological Roles
EditorsMarcio Rodrigues, Guilhem Janbon
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783030833916
ISBN (Print)9783030833909, 9783030833930
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameCurrent Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
ISSN (Print)0070-217X
ISSN (Electronic)2196-9965

Bibliographical note

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  • Extracellular Vesicles
  • Fungi
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Humans
  • Mycoses


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