Improved transformation efficiency of Aspergillus niger using the homologous niaD gene for nitrate reductase

E I Campbell, S E Unkles, J A Macro, C van den Hondel, R Contreras, J R Kinghorn

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Abstract

Aspergillus niger transformation frequencies of up to 1,176 transformants per micrograms DNA were achieved using the plasmid vector pSTA10 containing the A. niger nitrate reductase structural gene. Analysis of genomic endonuclease cleaved DNA from nitrate utilising transformants by DNA hybridisation, showed that most integration events are as a result of homologous recombination. The niaD transformation system was used successfully for the introduction of the unselected Escherichia coli fusion genes lacZ, encoding beta-galactosidase, and uidA, for beta-glucuronidase, as well as the Neurospora crassa tub-2 gene, for beta-tubulin. pSTA10 was also capable of transforming niaD mutants of other filamentous fungi such as A.nidulans, A. oryzae and Penicillium chrysogenum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-6
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Genetics
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1989

Keywords

  • Aspergillus niger
  • Blotting, Southern
  • DNA, Fungal
  • Genes, Fungal
  • Lac Operon
  • Mutation
  • Nitrate Reductases
  • Plasmids
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Transformation, Genetic

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