Microbes and Environments
Online ISSN : 1347-4405
Print ISSN : 1342-6311
ISSN-L : 1342-6311
Raman Micro­spectroscopy and Imaging of Filamentous Fungi
Shinsuke ShigetoNorio Takeshita
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2022 Volume 37 Issue 6 Article ID: ME22006


Filamentous fungi grow by the elongation of tubular cells called hyphae and form mycelia through repeated hyphal tip growth and branching. Since hyphal growth is closely related to the ability to secrete large amounts of enzymes or invade host cells, a more detailed understanding and the control of its growth are important in fungal biotechnology, ecology, and pathogenesis. Previous studies using fluorescence imaging revealed many of the molecular mechanisms involved in hyphal growth. Raman microspectroscopy and imaging methods are now attracting increasing attention as powerful alternatives due to their high chemical specificity and label-free, non-destructive properties. Spatially resolved information on the relative abundance, structure, and chemical state of multiple intracellular components may be simultaneously obtained. Although Raman studies on filamentous fungi are still limited, this review introduces recent findings from Raman studies on filamentous fungi and discusses their potential use in the future.

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