Expression of fatty-acid-modifying enzymes in the halotolerant black yeast Aureobasidium pullulans (de Bary) G. Arnaud under salt stress

C. Gostincar, M. Turk, T. Trbuha, T. Vaupotic, A. Plemenitas, N. Gunde-Cimerman

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    Abstract

    Multiple tolerance to stressful environmental conditions of the black, yeast-like fungus Aureobasidium pullulans is achieved through different adaptations, among which there is the restructuring of the lipid composition of their membranes. Here, we describe three novel genes encoding fatty-acid-modifying enzymes in A. pullulans, along with the levels of their mRNAs under different salinity conditions. High levels of {Delta}9-desaturase and {Delta}12-desaturase mRNAs were seen at high salinities, which were consistent with an increased desaturation of the fatty acids in the cell membranes. Elevated levels of elongase mRNA were also detected. Surprisingly, increases in the levels of these mRNAs were also seen following hypo-osmotic shock, while hyperosmotic shock had exactly the opposite effect, demonstrating that data that are obtained from up-shift and down-shift salinity studies should be interpreted with caution.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-59
    JournalStudies in Mycology
    Volume61
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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