An Aspergillus Nidulans Nuclear Protein, AnCP, Involved in Enhancement of Taka-amylase A Gene Expression, Binds to the CCAAT-containing taaG2, amdS, and gatA Promoters

Mol Gen Genet. 1997 Mar 26;254(2):119-26. doi: 10.1007/s004380050399.


Using AnCP (Aspergillus nidulans CCAAT-binding protein) as a CCAAT-specific binding factor model, the possibility that one factor is able to recognize CCAAT sequences in several different genes in A. nidulans was examined. DNase I protection analysis showed that AnCP specifically bound to CCAAT sequence-containing regions comprising 21 to 36 bp of the taa, amdS and gatA genes. Furthermore, replacement of the CCAAT sequence with CGTAA was found to abolish the binding of AnCP and to have an inhibitory effect on taa promoter activity. This clearly demonstrates a positive function of the CCAAT element. However, amylase was induced by starch and repressed by glucose in a CCAAT-box disruptant, as in wild-type cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amidohydrolases / genetics
  • Aspergillus nidulans / genetics*
  • Aspergillus nidulans / metabolism*
  • Base Sequence
  • Binding Sites / genetics
  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins
  • DNA Footprinting
  • DNA Primers / genetics
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • DNA, Fungal / metabolism
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Deoxyribonuclease I
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal
  • Genes, Fungal
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • alpha-Amylases / genetics*


  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins
  • DNA Primers
  • DNA, Fungal
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Deoxyribonuclease I
  • alpha-Amylases
  • Amidohydrolases
  • acetamidase