Coordinate control of secondary metabolite production and asexual sporulation in Aspergillus nidulans

Curr Opin Microbiol. 1998 Dec;1(6):674-7. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5274(98)80114-8.


Microbial secondary metabolite production is frequently associated with developmental processes such as sporulation, but there are few cases where this correlation is understood. Recent work with the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans has provided new insights into the mechanisms coordinating production of the toxic secondary metabolite sterigmatocystin with asexual sporulation. These processes have been shown to be linked through a common need to inactivate a heterotrimeric G protein dependent signaling pathway that, when active, serves to stimulate growth while blocking both sporulation and sterigmatocystin biosynthesis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aspergillus nidulans / genetics
  • Aspergillus nidulans / metabolism
  • Aspergillus nidulans / physiology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal*
  • Genes, Fungal
  • Reproduction / physiology
  • Spores, Fungal / genetics
  • Spores, Fungal / physiology
  • Sterigmatocystin / biosynthesis*


  • Sterigmatocystin