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BMC Genomics. 2015 Apr 20;16:326. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-1526-0.

Genome sequencing of the Trichoderma reesei QM9136 mutant identifies a truncation of the transcriptional regulator XYR1 as the cause for its cellulase-negative phenotype.

Author information

1
Research Division Biotechnology and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, A-1060, Vienna, Austria. alexlichius@gmail.com.
2
IFP Energies Nouvelles, 1-4 Avenue de Bois-Préau, 92852, Rueil-Malmaison, France. frederique.bidard-michelot@ifpen.fr.
3
Research Division Biotechnology and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, A-1060, Vienna, Austria. franziska_buchholz@gmx.de.
4
Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Université Paris 06, Institut de Biologie Paris Seine (IBPS), FR 3631, Département des Plateforme, F-75005, Paris, France. lecrom@biologie.ens.fr.
5
US Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute, 2800 Mitchell Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA, 94598, USA. j_martin@lbl.gov.
6
US Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute, 2800 Mitchell Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA, 94598, USA. wsschackwitz@lbl.gov.
7
Research Division Biotechnology and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, A-1060, Vienna, Austria. a0348214@unet.univie.ac.at.
8
US Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute, 2800 Mitchell Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA, 94598, USA. ivgrigoriev@lbl.gov.
9
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, 99354, USA. scott.baker@pnnl.gov.
10
IFP Energies Nouvelles, 1-4 Avenue de Bois-Préau, 92852, Rueil-Malmaison, France. antoine.margeot@ifpen.fr.
11
Research Division Biotechnology and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, A-1060, Vienna, Austria. bernhard.seiboth@tuwien.ac.at.
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Research Division Biotechnology and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, A-1060, Vienna, Austria. christian.kubicek@gmail.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Trichoderma reesei is the main industrial source of cellulases and hemicellulases required for the hydrolysis of biomass to simple sugars, which can then be used in the production of biofuels and biorefineries. The highly productive strains in use today were generated by classical mutagenesis. As byproducts of this procedure, mutants were generated that turned out to be unable to produce cellulases. In order to identify the mutations responsible for this inability, we sequenced the genome of one of these strains, QM9136, and compared it to that of its progenitor T. reesei QM6a.

RESULTS:

In QM9136, we detected a surprisingly low number of mutagenic events in the promoter and coding regions of genes, i.e. only eight indels and six single nucleotide variants. One of these indels led to a frame-shift in the Zn₂Cys₆ transcription factor XYR1, the general regulator of cellulase and xylanase expression, and resulted in its C-terminal truncation by 140 amino acids. Retransformation of strain QM9136 with the wild-type xyr1 allele fully recovered the ability to produce cellulases, and is thus the reason for the cellulase-negative phenotype. Introduction of an engineered xyr1 allele containing the truncating point mutation into the moderate producer T. reesei QM9414 rendered this strain also cellulase-negative. The correspondingly truncated XYR1 protein was still able to enter the nucleus, but failed to be expressed over the basal constitutive level.

CONCLUSION:

The missing 140 C-terminal amino acids of XYR1 are therefore responsible for its previously observed auto-regulation which is essential for cellulases to be expressed. Our data present a working example of the use of genome sequencing leading to a functional explanation of the QM9136 cellulase-negative phenotype.

PMID:
25909478
PMCID:
PMC4409711
DOI:
10.1186/s12864-015-1526-0
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