Cees A. M. J. J. van den Hondel

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The filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger is widely exploited by the fermentation industry for the production of enzymes and organic acids, particularly citric acid. We sequenced the 33.9-megabase genome of A. niger CBS 513.88, the ancestor of currently used enzyme production strains. A high level of synteny was observed with other aspergilli sequenced.(More)
In the era of functional genomics, the need for tools to perform large-scale targeted and random mutagenesis is increasing. A potential tool is Agrobacterium-mediated fungal transformation. A. tumefaciens is able to transfer a part of its DNA (transferred DNA; T-DNA) to a wide variety of fungi and the number of fungi that can be transformed by(More)
Filamentous fungi are widely used for the production of homologous and heterologous proteins but, compared to homologous proteins, the levels of production of heterologous proteins are usually low. During the last 5 years, the levels of production of heterologous proteins have been drastically improved by fusing the corresponding gene to the 3' end of a(More)
The development of a homologous transformation system for Aspergillus niger is described. The system is based on the use of an orotidine-5′-phosphate decarboxylase deficient mutant (pyrG) and a vector, pAB4-1, which contains the functional A. niger pyrG gene as a selection marker. Transformation of the A. niger pyrG mutant with pAB4-1 resulted in the(More)
We have designed an expression vector for the secretion of human interleukin-6 (hIL-6) in which the mature protein is fused through a spacer peptide, contain-ing a KEX-2 like protein processing signal, to the entire Aspergillus niger glucoamylase (glaA) gene. Transformation of Aspergillus nidulans with this vector results in fungal strains secreting(More)
Many transformation methods have been developed to introduce DNA into filamentous fungi. One of these methods is Agrobacterium-mediated transformation (AMT). Here, we describe an efficient protocol for AMT of Aspergillus awamori. This protocol has been used to determine the function of Agrobacterium virulence genes during AMT, to identify factors(More)
In the present study, the extracellular protease activity in a strain of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger was investigated and mutant strains deficient in the production of extracellular proteases were isolated. The major protease, which is responsible for 80–85% of the total activity, is aspergillopepsin A, a protein of ca. 43 kDa, the activity of(More)
Three laccases, a natural form and two recombinant forms obtained from two different expression hosts, were characterized and compared for paper pulp bleaching. Laccase from Pycnoporus cinnabarinus, a well known lignolytic fungus, was selected as a reference for this study. The corresponding recombinant laccases were produced in Aspergillus oryzae and A.(More)
We report the expression and production of llama variable heavy-chain antibody fragments (VHHs) by Aspergillus awamori. Fragments encoding VHHs were cloned in a suitable Aspergillus expression vector and transformants secreting VHH fragments were analysed for integrated gene copy-numbers, mRNA levels and protein production. Functional VHHs were detected in(More)
Two transformation systems, based on the use of CaCl2/PEG and Agrobacterium tumefaciens, respectively, were developed for the zygomycete Rhizopus oryzae. Irrespective of the selection marker used, a pyr4 marker derived from R. niveus or a dominant amdS + marker from Aspergillus nidulans, and irrespective of the configuration of the transforming DNA (linear(More)