Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 10–20 | Cite as

Regulation of Aspergillus genes encoding plant cell wall polysaccharide-degrading enzymes; relevance for industrial production

  •  R. de Vries


The genus Aspergillus is widely used for the production of plant cell wall polysaccharide-degrading enzymes. The range of enzymes purified from these fungi covers nearly every function required for the complete degradation of cellulose, xyloglucan, xylan, galacto(gluco)mannan and pectin. This paper describes the Aspergillus enzymes involved in the degradation of these polysaccharides and discusses the regulatory systems involved in the expression of the genes encoding these proteins. The latter is of major importance in the large-scale production of these enzymes for industrial applications.


Enzyme Cellulose Cell Wall Polysaccharide Plant Cell 
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© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  •  R. de Vries
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  1. 1.Microbiology, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, 3584 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands

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