Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 680–684

Generation of aflR disruption mutants of Aspergillus parasiticus

  • J. W. Cary
  • K. C. Ehrlich
  • M. Wright
  • P. -K. Chang
  • D. Bhatnagar
ORIGINAL PAPER

DOI: 10.1007/s002530000319

Cite this article as:
Cary, J., Ehrlich, K., Wright, M. et al. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2000) 53: 680. doi:10.1007/s002530000319

Abstract

The aflR gene of Aspergillus parasiticus and A. flavus encodes a binuclear zinc-finger, DNA-binding protein, AflR, responsible for activating the transcription of all known aflatoxin biosynthetic genes including itself. Studies to determine how environmental and nutritional factors affect aflR expression and hence aflatoxin production in A. parasiticus have been difficult to perform due to the lack of aflR“knockout” mutants. Transformation of an O-methylsterigmatocystin (OMST)-accumulating strain of A. parasiticus with an aflR-niaD gene disruption vector resulted in clones harboring a recombinationally inactivated aflR gene which no longer produced OMST or aflR transcript. By transformation of this aflR disruptant strain with constructs containing mutated versions of the aflR promoter, we identified three cis-acting sites that were necessary for aflR function: an AflR-binding site, a PacC-binding site, and a G + A-rich site near the transcription start site of aflR.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Cary
    • 1
  • K. C. Ehrlich
    • 1
  • M. Wright
    • 1
  • P. -K. Chang
    • 1
  • D. Bhatnagar
    • 1
  1. 1.USDA, ARS, Southern Regional Research Center, 1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA e-mail: jcary@nola.srrc.usda.gov Tel.: +1-504-2864264 Fax: +1-504-2864419US

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