Nigel Stuart Dunn-Coleman

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Trichoderma reesei is the main industrial source of cellulases and hemicellulases used to depolymerize biomass to simple sugars that are converted to chemical intermediates and biofuels, such as ethanol. We assembled 89 scaffolds (sets of ordered and oriented contigs) to generate 34 Mbp of nearly contiguous T. reesei genome sequence comprising 9,129(More)
  • Pamela K Foreman, Doug Brown, +14 authors Michael Ward
  • The Journal of biological chemistry
  • 2003
The filamentous fungus Trichoderma reesei produces and secretes profuse quantities of enzymes that act synergistically to degrade cellulase and related biomass components. We partially sequenced over 5100 random T. reesei cDNA clones. Among the sequences whose predicted gene products had significant similarity to known proteins, 12 were identified that(More)
Aspergillus niger is one of the most important microorganisms used in biotechnology. It has been in use already for many decades to produce extracellular (food) enzymes and citric acid. In fact, citric acid and many A. niger enzymes are considered GRAS by the United States Food and Drug Administration. In addition, A. niger is used for biotransformations(More)
We have increased the production of bovine chymosin in Aspergillus niger var. awamori to more than one gram per liter of secreted authentic enzyme by combining a mutagenesis protocol with a novel robotic screening program. Analysis of the superior chymosin producing strains indicated that they have enhanced capabilities to secrete extracellular proteins.
Filamentous fungi have a high capacity for producing large amounts of secreted proteins, a property that has been exploited for commercial production of recombinant proteins. However, the secretory pathway, which is key to the production of extracellular proteins, is rather poorly characterized in filamentous fungi compared to yeast. We report the effects(More)
 Aspergillus niger var. awamori has transposable elements that we refer to as Vader and Tan1 (transposon A. niger). Vader was identified by screening unstable nitrate reductase (niaD) mutants for insertions. Four of the isolated niaD mutants were shown to contain a small insertion element. This 437 bp insertion element, Vader, is flanked by 44 bp inverted(More)
An electrophoretic karyotype has been established for Trichoderma reesei strain QM6a, and several of its derivatives, by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. All strains examined appear to have seven chromosomes with a total genome size of approximately 33 megabases (Mb). The sizes of the chromosomal bands in strain QM6a are approximately 6.2, 6.0, 5.1, 4.2(More)
Glutamic proteases are a distinct, and recently re-classified, group of peptidases that are thought to be found only in fungi. We have identified and analysed the distribution of over 20 putative glutamic proteases from all fungal species whose genomes have been sequenced so far. Although absent from the Saccharomycetales class, glutamic proteases appear to(More)
Aspergillus niger var.awamori contains multiple copies of a transposable element, Vader. This element was detected as a 437-bp insertion in four independently isolated spontaneous mutants of theniaD (nitrate reductase) gene. The Vader element is present in approximately 15 copies in bothA. niger var.awamori andA. niger. A single copy of Vader was detected(More)