Claudio Scazzocchio

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Gene replacement via homologous double crossover in filamentous fungi requires relatively long (preferentially >0.5 kb) flanking regions of the target gene. For this reason, gene replacement cassettes are usually constructed through multiple cloning steps. To facilitate gene function studies in filamentous fungi avoiding tedious cloning steps, we have(More)
The aspergilli comprise a diverse group of filamentous fungi spanning over 200 million years of evolution. Here we report the genome sequence of the model organism Aspergillus nidulans, and a comparative study with Aspergillus fumigatus, a serious human pathogen, and Aspergillus oryzae, used in the production of sake, miso and soy sauce. Our analysis of(More)
CREA is the negative regulator mediating carbon catabolism repression in Aspergillus nidulans. We have determined all the sites in the DNA region between the prnD and prnB genes of the proline degradation cluster of this organism which are able to bind a fusion protein containing the zinc finger domain of CREA. The consensus sequence derived for CREA(More)
Fungal secondary metabolites are important bioactive compounds but the conditions leading to expression of most of the putative secondary metabolism (SM) genes predicted by fungal genomics are unknown. Here we describe a novel mechanism involved in SM-gene regulation based on the finding that, in Aspergillus nidulans, mutants lacking components involved in(More)
DNA-mediated genetic transformation of Aspergillus nidulans has been achieved by incubating protoplasts from a strain of A. nidulans carrying a deletion in the acetamidase structural gene with DNA of derivatives of plasmid pBR322 containing the cloned structural gene for acetamidase [Hynes et al., Mol. Cell. Biol. 3 (1983) 1430-1439; p3SR2] in the presence(More)
A change of a universally conserved leucine to valine in the DNA-binding domain of the GATA factor AreA results in inability to activate some AreA-dependent promoters, including that of the uapA gene encoding a specific urate-xanthine permease. Some other AreA-dependent promoters become able to function more efficiently than in the wild-type context. A(More)
The linked niiA and niaD genes of Aspergillus nidulans are transcribed divergently. The expression of these genes is subject to a dual control system. They are induced by nitrate and repressed by ammonium. AreA mediates derepression in the absence of ammonium and NirA supposedly mediates nitrate induction. Out of 10 GATA sites, a central cluster (sites 5-8)(More)
The molybdenum cofactor (MoCo)-containing enzymes aldehyde oxidase (AO; EC and xanthine dehydrogenase (XDH; EC require for activity a sulfuration step that inserts a terminal sulfur ligand into the MoCo. The tomato flacca mutation was originally isolated as a wilty phenotype due to a lack of abscisic acid (ABA) that is related to(More)
Eisosomes are subcortical organelles implicated in endocytosis and have hitherto been described only in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. They comprise two homologue proteins, Pil1 and Lsp1, which colocalize with the transmembrane protein Sur7. These proteins are universally conserved in the ascomycetes. We identify in Aspergillus nidulans (and in all members of(More)
The DNA-binding domains of eucaryotic GATA factors comprise a four-cysteine Zn finger and an adjacent basic region. Fungal GATA factors regulate nitrogen metabolism, light induction, siderophore biosynthesis and mating-type switching. Hydrophobic interactions determine binding-site specificity. Interactions with other factors may determine promoter(More)