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Title: A p53-like transcription factor similar to Ndt80 controls the response to nutrient stress in the filamentous fungus, 'Aspergillus nidulans'
Contributor(s): Katz, Margaret E  (author); Braunberger, Kathryn (author); Yi, Gauncai (author); Cooper, Sarah (author); Nonhebel, Heather  (author)orcid ; Gondro, Cedric  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.2-72.v1Open Access Link
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/12902
Abstract: The 'Aspergillus nidulans' xprG gene encodes a putative transcriptional activator that is a member of the Ndt80 family in the p53-like superfamily of proteins. Previous studies have shown that XprG controls the production of extracellular proteases in response to starvation. We undertook transcriptional profiling to investigate whether XprG has a wider role as a global regulator of the carbon nutrient stress response. Our microarray data showed that the expression of a large number of genes, including genes involved in secondary metabolism, development, high-affinity glucose uptake and autolysis, were altered in an xprGΔnull mutant. Many of these genes are known to be regulated in response to carbon starvation. We confirmed that sterigmatocystin and penicillin production is reduced in xprG⁻ mutants. The loss of fungal mass and secretion of pigments that accompanies fungal autolysis in response to nutrient depletion was accelerated in an xprG1 gain-of-function mutant and decreased or absent in an xprG⁻ mutant. The results support the hypothesis that XprG plays a major role in the response to carbon limitation and that nutrient sensing may represent one of the ancestral roles for the p53-like superfamily. Disruption of the AN6015 gene, which encodes a second Ndt80-like protein, showed that it is required for sexual reproduction in 'A. nidulans'.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: F1000Research, v.2, p. 1-19
Publisher: Faculty of 1000 Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2046-1402
Field of Research (FOR): 060405 Gene Expression (incl Microarray and other genome-wide approaches)
060505 Mycology
060503 Microbial Genetics
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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