Identification of a gene encoding the last step of the L-rhamnose catabolic pathway in Aspergillus niger revealed the inducer of the pathway regulator

In this study, we identified the gene (lkaA) involved in the conversion of L-2-keto-3-deoxyrhamnonate (L-KDR) into pyruvate and L-lactaldehyde, which is the last step of the Rha pathway. Deletion of lkaA resulted in impaired growth on L-rhamnose, and potentially in accumulation of L-KDR. Contrary to ΔlraA, ΔlrlA and ΔlrdA, the expression of the Rha-responsive genes that are under control of RhaR, were at the same levels in ΔlkaA and the reference strain, indicating the role of L-KDR as the inducer of the Rha pathway regulator.
Source: Microbiological Research - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

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