Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2011 Mar;89(6):1665-73. doi: 10.1007/s00253-010-3071-8. Epub 2011 Jan 7.

Fungal arabinan and L-arabinose metabolism.

Author information

  • 1Research Area Gene Technology and Applied Biochemistry, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, Wien, Austria.


L-Arabinose is the second most abundant pentose beside D-xylose and is found in the plant polysaccharides, hemicellulose and pectin. The need to find renewable carbon and energy sources has accelerated research to investigate the potential of L-arabinose for the development and production of biofuels and other bioproducts. Fungi produce a number of extracellular arabinanases, including α-L-arabinofuranosidases and endo-arabinanases, to specifically release L-arabinose from the plant polymers. Following uptake of L-arabinose, its intracellular catabolism follows a four-step alternating reduction and oxidation path, which is concluded by a phosphorylation, resulting in D-xylulose 5-phosphate, an intermediate of the pentose phosphate pathway. The genes and encoding enzymes L-arabinose reductase, L-arabinitol dehydrogenase, L-xylulose reductase, xylitol dehydrogenase, and xylulokinase of this pathway were mainly characterized in the two biotechnological important fungi Aspergillus niger and Trichoderma reesei. Analysis of the components of the L-arabinose pathway revealed a number of specific adaptations in the enzymatic and regulatory machinery towards the utilization of L-arabinose. Further genetic and biochemical analysis provided evidence that L-arabinose and the interconnected D-xylose pathway are also involved in the oxidoreductive degradation of the hexose D-galactose.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Springer Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk