Identification and characterization of a DevR-interacting protein in Aspergillus oryzae.

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Identification and characterization of a DevR-interacting protein in Aspergillus oryzae.

Fungal Biol. 2020 Mar – Apr;124(3-4):155-163

Authors: Zhang ZM, Zhuang M, Wang BT, Jin L, Jin FJ

The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) proteins belong to a superfamily of transcription factors. Recent research has shown that the bHLH transcription factor DevR is involved in both sexual and asexual development as well as conidial melanin production in Aspergillus species. Our previous research also found that DevR significantly influences polysaccharide metabolism in Aspergillus oryzae. In this study, to further explore the function of DevR, its interaction proteins were screened by a yeast two-hybrid assay. An A. oryzae cDNA library was transformed into the Y187 strain by using the SMART technique and the homologous recombination method, and then hybridized with a constructed DevR bait plasmid introducing strain to obtain positive clones. Through sequencing analysis, the potential interaction proteins of DevR were determined. Among them, an AO090701000363 gene-encoding protein (named DipA), which was predicted to be a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor, was a possible candidate. Phenotypic analysis indicated that overexpression of the AodipA may significantly suppress growth of the strain. Additionally, although no obvious change in the growth rate was found, the deletion of AodipA resulted in thicker hyphae morphology relative to the control. Comparative proteomic analysis further indicated that DipA was potentially involved in the regulation of cell wall integrity, carbon utilization, acetate catabolic process and other biological processes. Partial similarity of the phenotype to that of DevR suggested a correlation between them and implied that the DipA has a function partially similar to that of DevR.

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