Koji Suginami

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The DNA (glaB) and a cDNA-encoding glucoamylase produced in solid-state culture of Aspergillus oryzae were cloned using oligodeoxyribonucleotide probes derived from internal amino acid sequences of the enzyme. Comparison of the nucleotide sequences of a genomic DNA fragment with its cDNA showed the glaB gene carried three exons interrupted by two introns(More)
A protein from the cell lysate of Aspergillus oryzae was purified by column chromatography immobilized with a ferrichrysin (Fcy), which is one of the siderophores of A. oryzae. It is produced only in an iron-deficient culture and its molecular weight is estimated as 35,000 by SDS-PAGE. Two internal amino acid sequences of the protein obtained by(More)
Aspergillus oryzae has two glucoamylase-encoding genes, glaA and glaB, whose expressions are distinguished by the type of culture used. The glaB gene is markedly expressed in solid-state culture but is little expressed in submerged culture. In solid-state culture, glaB expression at the transcriptional level is enhanced by low-Aw (water activity),(More)
UV-mediated mutagenesis generated a high glucoamylase-producing mutant of Aspergillus oryzae exhibiting strong melanization in solid-state culture. Expression of the glucoamylase-encoding gene (glaB), which is specifically expressed in solid-state culture, and the tyrosinase-encoding gene (melO), was analyzed using an E. coli β-glucuronidase (GUS) reporter(More)
Aspergillus oryzae O-1018 (FERM P-15834) separated from industrial koji for brewing sake was found to produce five papain-inhibitory compounds in the culture supernatant. The five isolated inhibitors were named CPI-1 to CPI-5, and their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic analyses and chemical degradation. We determined the structures of CPI-2,(More)
The changes in intra- and (or) extra-cellular concentrations of Ca2+, Mg2+, K+, and Na+ during sporulation of a MATa/MAT alpha diploid yeast of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were examined in a nutrition-deprived medium with potassium acetate. Among these, Ca2+ in external medium was preferentially incorporated into cells, and sporulation was induced when the(More)
Cells of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae sporulated in nutrient-rich medium containing L-lysine. Sporulation was specific to the presence of L-lysine and was initiated when the cellular content of this basic amino acid reached approximately 0.2-0.5 mmol (g cells)-1, at early stationary phase. The formation of asci was most efficient at pH 7.0 and 50-100(More)
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