Histone biotinylation in Candida albicans

Sahar Hasim, Swetha Tati, Nandakumar Madayiputhiya, Renu Nandakumar, Kenneth W. Nickerson

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Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen in humans. It is a polymorphic fungus: it can live as yeasts, hyphae, or pseudohyphae. Biotin is required for cell growth and fatty acid metabolism because it is used as a cofactor for carboxylases such as acetyl-CoA carboxylase, and pyruvate carboxylase. In addition, we have discovered that biotin is used to modify histones in C. albicans. Biotinylation was detected by Western blots using a monoclonal antibiotin HRP-conjugated antibody as well as with qTOF and LC/MS/MS mass spectrometry. As a precaution, the antibiotin antibody was dialyzed against neutravidin prior to use. During this study, we observed that three histones, H2A, H2B, and H4, were biotinylated at many lysine residues in an apparently nonsite-specific manner. Roughly, equivalent levels of acetylation, methylation, and phosphorylation were found in histones from biotin-replete and biotin-starved cells, but histone biotinylation was only observed for cells grown in excess biotin. The function of histone biotinylation in C. albicans is still unknown but, because C. albicans is a natural biotin auxotroph, a storage reservoir for biotin is attractive. Techniques used to detect histone biotinylation in C. albicans did not detect any histone biotinylation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-539
Number of pages11
JournalFEMS Yeast Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Anti-biotin antibody
  • Arc1p
  • Biotin storage
  • Candida sphaeroplasts
  • LC/MS/MS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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