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Trichoderma reesei CRE1-mediated Carbon Catabolite Repression in Response to Sophorose Through RNA Sequencing Analysis

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 2 ]


Amanda Cristina Campos Antoniêto, Renato Graciano de Paula, Lílian dos Santos Castro, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Gabriela Felix Persinoti and Roberto Nascimento Silva   Pages 119 - 131 ( 13 )


Carbon catabolite repression (CCR) mediated by CRE1 in Trichoderma reesei emerged as a mechanism by which the fungus could adapt to new environments. In the presence of readily available carbon sources such as glucose, the fungus activates this mechanism and inhibits the production of cellulolytic complex enzymes to avoid unnecessary energy expenditure. CCR has been well described for the growth of T. reesei in cellulose and glucose, however, little is known about this process when the carbon source is sophorose, one of the most potent inducers of cellulase production. Thus, we performed high-throughput RNA sequencing to better understand CCR during cellulase formation in the presence of sophorose, by comparing the mutant cre1 with its parental strain, QM9414. Of the 9129 genes present in the genome of T. reesei, 184 were upregulated and 344 downregulated in the mutant strain Δcre1 compared to QM9414. Genes belonging to the CAZy database, and those encoding transcription factors and transporters are among the gene classes that were repressed by CRE1 in the presence of sophorose; most were possible indirectly regulated by CRE1. We also observed that CRE1 activity is carbon-dependent. A recent study from our group showed that in cellulose, CRE1 repress different groups of genes when compared to sophorose. CCR differences between these carbon sources may be due to the release of cellodextrins in the cellulose polymer, resulting in different targets of CRE1 in both carbon sources. These results contribute to a better understanding of CRE1-mediated CCR in T. reesei when glucose comes from a potent inducer of cellulase production such as sophorose, which could prove useful in improving cellulase production by the biotechnology sector.


Trichoderma reesei, Carbon catabolite repression, CRE1, Sophorose, RNA-seq.


Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo 14049-900, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil.

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