Identification and characterization of a DevR-interacting protein 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 witha 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.
Source: Fungal Biology - Category: Biology Source Type: research

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