Present address: E.D. Temporini, Division of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.
The Neurospora crassa cfp promoter drives a carbon source-dependent expression of transgenes in filamentous fungi
Article first published online: 11 MAR 2004
Journal of Applied Microbiology
Volume 96, Issue 6, pages 1256–1264, June 2004
How to Cite
Temporini, E.D., Alvarez, M.E., Mautino, M.R., Folco, H.D. and Rosa, A.L. (2004), The Neurospora crassa cfp promoter drives a carbon source-dependent expression of transgenes in filamentous fungi. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 96: 1256–1264. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2004.02249.x
Present address: M.R. Mautino, NewLink Genetics, 2901 South Loop Dr, Ames, IA 50010, USA.
- Issue published online: 11 MAR 2004
- Article first published online: 11 MAR 2004
- 2003/0963: received 24 October 2003, revised 26 December 2003 and accepted 02 February 2004
- gene expression;
- glycolytic genes;
- pyruvate decarboxylase;
- transgene expression
Aims: The objective of the present study was to determine the potential of promoter sequences from the cfp gene of Neurospora crassa to drive the expression of transgenes in filamentous fungi.
Methods and Results: Northern blot analyses showed that the mRNA levels of cfp were rapidly modified in response to either inducing or repressing culture conditions. The hygromycin phosphotransferase (hph) and S-adenosylmethionine synthetase (eth-1) genes were fused to a minimal cfp promoter fragment (Pcfp) and used as reporter genes. These constructs were highly expressed in transformant N. crassa strains grown in media containing glucose or sucrose and repressed in media containing ethanol or ethanol plus glucose. A gene fusion of the cfp promoter to the β-glucuronidase gene (cfp-uidA) showed identical patterns of expression in the heterologous filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans.
Conclusions: Our results show that the levels of expression of the native cfp gene, as well as reporter genes driven by cfp promoter sequences, can be rapidly modified in response to different carbon sources. These modified levels of expression are maintained by continuous growth in the presence of the corresponding carbon source.
Significance and Impact of the Study: We propose that the cfp promoter can be used to control the expression of transgenes in filamentous fungi in a carbon source-dependent fashion.