Genome Mining Reveals a Surprising Number of Sugar Reductases in Aspergillus niger.

Astrid Mueller, Li Xu, Claudia Heine, Tila Flach, Miia R Mäkelä, Ronald P de Vries

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Metabolic engineering of filamentous fungi has received increasing attention in recent years, especially in the context of creating better industrial fungal cell factories to produce a wide range of valuable enzymes and metabolites from plant biomass. Recent studies into the pentose catabolic pathway (PCP) in Aspergillus niger have revealed functional redundancy in most of the pathway steps. In this study, a closer examination of the A. niger genome revealed five additional paralogs for the three original pentose reductases (LarA, XyrA, XyrB). Analysis of these genes using phylogeny, in vitro and in vivo functional analysis of the enzymes, and gene expression revealed that all can functionally replace LarA, XyrA, and XyrB. However, they are also active on several other sugars, suggesting a role for them in other pathways. This study therefore reveals the diversity of primary carbon metabolism in fungi, suggesting an intricate evolutionary process that distinguishes different species. In addition, through this study, the metabolic toolkit for synthetic biology and metabolic engineering of A. niger and other fungal cell factories has been expanded.

Originele taal-2Engels
TijdschriftJournal of Fungi
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusGepubliceerd - 24 nov. 2023


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