Protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation are one of the central currencies by which living cells perceive and respond to environmental cues. A number of fundamental processes in fungi such as the cell cycle, transcription, and mating have been shown to require protein phosphorylation. The analysis of protein kinases and phosphatases in filamentous fungi is in its infancy; however, it has already become clear that kinases and phosphatases are likely to be important mediators of fungal proliferation and development as well as signal transduction and infection-related morphogenesis. In this review, we describe, summarize, and consider the rapidly expanding field of protein phosphorylation/dephosphorylation in various aspects of filamentous fungal growth and development.
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