Transcriptomic, protein-DNA interaction, and metabolomic studies of VosA, VelB, and WetA in Aspergillus nidulans asexual spores

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Transcriptomic, protein-DNA interaction, and metabolomic studies of VosA, VelB, and WetA in Aspergillus nidulans asexual spores
Author(s)
M Y Wu; M E Mead; Mi Kyung Lee; G F Neuhaus; D A Adpressa; J I Martien; Y E Son; H Moon; D Amador-Noguez; K H Han; A Rokas; S Loesgen; J H Yu; H S Park
Bibliographic Citation
Mbio, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. e03128-e03128
Publication Year
2021
Abstract
In filamentous fungi, asexual development involves cellular differentiation and metabolic remodeling leading to the formation of intact asexual spores. The development of asexual spores (conidia) in Aspergillus is precisely coordinated by multiple transcription factors (TFs), including VosA, VelB, and WetA. Notably, these three TFs are essential for the structural and metabolic integrity, i.e., proper maturation, of conidia in the model fungus Aspergillus nidulans To gain mechanistic insight into the complex regulatory and interdependent roles of these TFs in asexual sporogenesis, we carried out multi-omics studies on the transcriptome, protein-DNA interactions, and primary and secondary metabolism employing A. nidulans conidia. RNA sequencing and chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing analyses have revealed that the three TFs directly or indirectly regulate the expression of genes associated with heterotrimeric G-protein signal transduction, mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases, spore wall formation and structural integrity, asexual development, and primary/secondary metabolism. In addition, metabolomics analyses of wild-type and individual mutant conidia indicate that these three TFs regulate a diverse array of primary metabolites, including those in the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, certain amino acids, and trehalose, and secondary metabolites such as sterigmatocystin, emericellamide, austinol, and dehydroaustinol. In summary, WetA, VosA, and VelB play interdependent, overlapping, and distinct roles in governing morphological development and primary/secondary metabolic remodeling in Aspergillus conidia, leading to the production of vital conidia suitable for fungal proliferation and dissemination.
Keyword
SporulationAsexual developmentVelvetWetASecondary metabolitesAspergillusTranscription factorGenetic regulatory network
ISSN
2150-7511
Publisher
Amer Soc Microb
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/mBio.03128-20
Type
Article
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Jeonbuk Branch Institute > Biological Resource Center > 1. Journal Articles
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