About this Research Topic
The fungal cell wall is a complex and flexible structure composed basically of chitin, α- and β- linked glucans, glycoproteins, and pigments. This structure plays several functions, including providing cell rigidity and determining cell shape; metabolism; ion exchange protecting from osmotic stress; acts as a reservoir of carbohydrates and receptors that plays key events during interaction with the host. The fungal cell wall often represents the interface for interaction between pathogenic fungi and their host.
Therefore, it is considered a potential target for new antifungal agents and remains an area of intense research. We still have a lot to learn about the cell wall supramolecular structure, the assembly of its biomolecules, and its interfaces.
This Research Topic will portray our current understanding of fungal cell wall, both of pathogenic fungi and non-pathogenic fungi. This article collection welcomes submissions of original articles, perspectives, and reviews that cover all aspects related to the fungal cell wall. We will be happy to send for review those manuscripts that focus on different aspects of the fungal cell wall.
Keywords: Fungi, Cell Wall, Pathogenic Fungi, Non-Pathogenic Fungi, Fungal Metabolism, Fungal Structure