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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1996 Jun 1;139(2-3):223-28.

Characterisation of the Aspergillus nidulans frA1 mutant: hexose phosphorylation and apparent lack of involvement of hexokinase in glucose repression.

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  • 1Section Molecular Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands.


Hexose phosphorylation was studied in Aspergillus nidulans wild-type and in a fructose non-utilising mutant (frA). The data indicate the presence of at least one hexokinase and one glucokinase in wild-type A. nidulans, while the frA1 mutant lacks hexokinase activity. The A. nidulans gene encoding hexokinase was isolated by complementation of the frA1 mutation. The absence of hexokinase activity in the frA1 mutant did not interfere with glucose repression of the enzymes involved in alcohol and L-arabinose catabolism. This suggest that, unlike the situation in yeast where mutation of hexokinase PII abolishes glucose repression, the A. nidulans hexokinase might not be involved in glucose repression.

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