Study on the glutathione metabolism of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans

Bakti, Fruzsina and Király, Anita and Orosz, Erzsébet and Miskei, Márton and Emri, Tamás and Leiter, Éva and Pócsi, István (2017) Study on the glutathione metabolism of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans. Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica, 64 (3). pp. 255-272. ISSN 1217-8950


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Yeast protein sequence-based homology search for glutathione (GSH) metabolic enzymes and GSH transporters demonstrated that Aspergillus nidulans has a robust GSH uptake and metabolic system with several paralogous genes. In wet laboratory experiments, two key genes of GSH metabolism, gcsA, and glrA, encoding γ-<sc>l</sc>-glutamyl-<sc>l</sc>-cysteine synthetase and glutathione reductase, respectively, were deleted. The gene gcsA was essential, and the ΔgcsA mutant required GSH supplementation at considerably higher concentration than the Saccharomyces cerevisiae gsh1 mutant (8–10 mmol l<sup>−1</sup> vs. 0.5 μmol l<sup>−1</sup>). In addition to some functions known previously, both genes were important in the germination of conidiospores, and both gene deletion strains required the addition of extra GSH to reach wild-type germination rates in liquid cultures. Nevertheless, the supplementation of cultures with 10 mmol l<sup>−1</sup> GSH was toxic for the control and ΔglrA strains especially during vegetative growth, which should be considered in future development of high GSH-producer fungal strains. Importantly, the ΔglrA strain was characterized by increased sensitivity toward a wide spectrum of osmotic, cell wall integrity and antimycotic stress conditions in addition to previously reported temperature and oxidative stress sensitivities. These novel phenotypes underline the distinguished functions of GSH and GSH metabolic enzymes in the stress responses of fungi.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QR Microbiology / mikrobiológia
Depositing User: Ágnes Sallai
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 10:51
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2018 23:16

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