Deletion analysis of promoter elements of the Aspergillus oryzae agdA gene encoding α-glucosidase

Toshitaka Minetoki, Yataro Nunokawa, Katsuya Gomi, Katsuhiko Kitamoto, Chieko Kumagai, Gakuzo Tamura

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The nucleotide sequence of a 1.5-kb fragment of the promoter region of the Aspergillus oryzae agdA gene encoding α-glucosidase was determined. A comparison with the promoter regions of other Asper gillus amylase genes indicated that there are three highly conserved sequences, designated Regions I, II and III, located at - 670 nt, - 596 nt and - 544 nt relative to the start codon, respectively. The function of these consensus sequences in the agdA promoter was investigated by deletion analysis of a promoter fusion with the Escherichia coli uidA gene, using the niaD homologous-transformation system. Deletion of the upstream half of Region III (IIIa; - 544 to - 529) resulted in a more than 90% reduction in GUS activity and abolished maltose induction, suggesting that Region IIIa is a functionally essential element for high-level expression and maltose induction. Deletion of Region I and the downstream half of Region III (IIIb; - 521 to - 511) resulted in a significant reduction in GUS activity, but did not affect maltose induction. This suggested that these two elements most likely contain sequences involved in efficient expression in cooperation with Region IIIa. In addition, deletion of a 340-bp region between Region IIIb and the putative TATA box resulted in a 2-fold increase in activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-438
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Genetics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspergillus oryzae
  • Deletion analysis
  • Functional element
  • α-Glucosidase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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