more fungi characteristics 4
Fungal cell membranes have a unique sterol, ergosterol, which replaces cholesterol found in mammalian cell membranes
lysine biosynthesis pathway in fungi is different
tubule protein—production of a different type in microtubules formed during nuclear division
chitin biosynthesis occurs in fungi
Most fungi have very small nuclei, with little repetitive DNA.
Mitosis is generally accomplished without dissolution of the nuclear envelope
These are yet more of the characteristics that distinguish the kingdom Fungi from the other kingdoms.
The first four are some significant physiological differences between fungi and animals that are being or have the potential to be exploited in antifungal therapy in humans and animals. Remember, fungi and animals are both eukaryotes, so it’s very difficult to cure fungal infections.