In filamentous fungi d-galactose can be catabolised through the oxido-reductive and/or the Leloir pathway. In the oxido-reductive pathway d-galactose is converted to d-fructose in a series of steps where the last step is the oxidation of d-sorbitol by an NAD-dependent dehydrogenase. We identified a sorbitol dehydrogenase gene, sdhA (JGI53356), in Aspergillus niger encoding a medium chain dehydrogenase which is involved in d-galactose and d-sorbitol catabolism. The gene is upregulated in the presence of d-galactose, galactitol and d-sorbitol. An sdhA deletion strain showed reduced growth on galactitol and growth on d-sorbitol was completely abolished. The purified enzyme converted d-sorbitol to d-fructose with Km of 50 ± 5 mM and v max of 80 ± 10 U/mg.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Feb 2012|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- Aspergillus niger
- d-Galactose catabolism
- Sorbitol dehydrogenase