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Regulation of Cellulase and Hemicellulase Gene Expression in Fungi

[ Vol. 14 , Issue. 4 ]


Antonella Amore, Simona Giacobbe and Vincenza Faraco   Pages 230 - 249 ( 20 )


Research on regulation of cellulases and hemicellulases gene expression may be very useful for increasing the production of these enzymes in their native producers. Mechanisms of gene regulation of cellulase and hemicellulase expression in filamentous fungi have been studied, mainly in Aspergillus and Trichoderma. The production of these extracellular enzymes is an energy-consuming process, so the enzymes are produced only under conditions in which the fungus needs to use plant polymers as an energy and carbon source. Moreover, production of many of these enzymes is coordinately regulated, and induced in the presence of the substrate polymers. In addition to induction by mono- and oligo-saccharides, genes encoding hydrolytic enzymes involved in plant cell wall deconstruction in filamentous fungi can be repressed during growth in the presence of easily metabolizable carbon sources, such as glucose. Carbon catabolite repression is an important mechanism to repress the production of plant cell wall degrading enzymes during growth on preferred carbon sources. This manuscript reviews the recent advancements in elucidation of molecular mechanisms responsible for regulation of expression of cellulase and hemicellulase genes in fungi.


Cellulase, Cellulose, CRE1, Hemicellulase, Sophorose, Xylan, XYR1.


Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II” Complesso Universitario Monte S. Angelo, via Cintia, 4 80126 Napoli, Italy.

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