Sorbitol dehydrogenase of Aspergillus niger, SdhA, is part of the oxido-reductive D-galactose pathway and essential for D-sorbitol catabolism

Outi M. Koivistoinen, Peter Richard, Merja Penttila, Laura Ruohonen, Dominik Mojzita*

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Abstract

In filamentous fungi D-galactose can be catabolised through the oxido-reductive and/or the Leloir pathway. In the oxido-reductive pathway D-galactose is converted to D-fructose in a series of steps where the last step is the oxidation of D-sorbitol by an NAD-dependent dehydrogenase. We identified a sorbitol dehydrogenase gene, sdhA (JGI53356), in Aspergillus niger encoding a medium chain dehydrogenase which is involved in D-galactose and D-sorbitol catabolism. The gene is upregulated in the presence of D-galactose, galactitol and D-sorbitol. An sdhA deletion strain showed reduced growth on galactitol and growth on D-sorbitol was completely abolished. The purified enzyme converted D-sorbitol to D-fructose with K-m of 50 +/- 5 mM and v(max) of 80 +/- 10 U/mg. (C) 2012 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-383
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Volume586
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Sorbitol dehydrogenase
  • sdhA
  • D-Galactose catabolism
  • D-Sorbitol
  • Aspergillus niger
  • L-ARABINITOL 4-DEHYDROGENASE
  • HYPOCREA-JECORINA
  • CELLULASE INDUCTION
  • GENE
  • EXPRESSION
  • REDUCTASE
  • LACTOSE
  • CLONING
  • PENTOSE

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