Partial silencing of a hydroxy-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase-encoding gene in Trichoderma harzianum CECT 2413 results in a lower level of resistance to lovastatin and lower antifungal activity.

In the present article, we describe the cloning and characterization of the Trichoderma harzianum hmgR gene encoding a hydroxymethylglutaryl CoA reductase (HMGR), a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of terpene compounds. In T. harzianum, partial silencing of the hmgR gene gave rise to transformants with a higher level of sensitivity to lovastatin, a… (More)