ACS Synth Biol. 2021 Sep 24. doi: 10.1021/acssynbio.1c00231. Online ahead of print.
The resistance markers could ensure the entry of the CRISPR/Cas9 system into Aspergillus niger cells instead of gene editing. To increase the efficiency of positive colony screening on the primary transformation plates, we designed a visualized multigene editing system (VMS) via a unique tRNA-guide RNA (gRNA) array containing the gRNAs of a pigment gene albA and target genes. Disruption of albA produces white colonies, and the sequences of the endogenous tRNAAla, tRNAPhe, tRNAArg, tRNAIle, and tRNALeu enhance gRNA release. The disruption efficiencies of multigene were analyzed in the A. niger strain AG11 using ammA, amyA, prtT, kusA, and glaA as reporters. In white colonies on the primary transformation plates, the disruption rates of one-, two-, three-, four-, and five-target genes reached 89.2, 70.91, 50, 22.41, and 4.17%, respectively. The VMS developed here provides an effective method for screening homokaryotic multigene editing strains of A. niger.