Aspergillus niger mutants relieved of carbon repression were isolated from an areA parental strain by selection of colonies that exhibited improved growth on a combination of 4-aminobutanoic acid (GABA) and D-glucose. In addition to derepression of the utilization of GABA as a nitrogen source in the presence of D-glucose, three of the four mutants also showed derepression of L-alanine and L-proline utilization. Transformation of the mutants with the A. niger creA gene, encoding the repressor protein CREA, re-established the areA phenotype on GABA/D-glucose, identifying the mutations as creAd. The creA gene mapped on chromosome IV by linkage analysis and contour-clamped homogeneous electric field hybridization. The creA mutants obtained were used to study the involvement of CREA in repression by D-glucose of arabinases and L-arabinose catabolism in A. niger. In wild-type A. niger, alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase A, alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase B, endo-arabinase, L-arabinose reductase and L-arabitol dehydrogenase were induced on L-arabinose, but addition of D-glucose prevented this induction. Repression was relieved to varying degrees in the creA mutants, showing that biosynthesis of arabinases and L-arabinose catabolic enzymes is under control of CREA.