The Hypocrea jecorina LXR1 was described as the first fungal L-xylulose reductase responsible for NADPH dependent reduction of L-xylulose to xylitol in L-arabinose catabolism. Phylogenetic analysis now reveals that LXR1 forms a clade with fungal D-mannitol 2-dehydrogenases. Lxr1 and the orthologous Aspergillus niger mtdA are not induced by L-arabinose but expressed at low levels during growth on different carbon sources. Deletion of lxr1 does not affect growth on L-arabinose and L-xylulose reductase activity remains unaltered whereas D-mannitol 2-dehydrogenase activities are reduced. We conclude that LXR1 is a D-mannitol 2-dehydrogenase and that a true LXR1 is still awaiting discovery.
- Genes, Fungal
- Mannitol Dehydrogenases