The Aspergillus nidulans CCAAT-binding factor AnCP/AnCF is a heteromeric protein analogous to the HAP complex of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Mol Gen Genet. 1998 Feb;257(4):404-11. doi: 10.1007/s004380050664.


The Aspergillus nidulans hapC gene was expressed as a fusion protein with MalE or glutathione-S-transferase (GST) in Escherichia coli, and used for the purification of HapC and the preparation of anti-HapC antiserum. The CCAAT-binding factor AnCP/AnCF contains a component with an approximate molecular mass of 32 kDa that cross-reacts with the antibody. The MalE-HapC fusion protein was able to replace authentic HapC in AnCP when incubated under appropriate conditions. Furthermore, reconstitution experiments with recombinant HapC, yHAP2 and yHAP5 polypeptides showed that all three polypeptides were required for the assembly of a complex capable of binding to CCAAT-containing taaG2 promoter DNA. The relationship between AnCP/AnCF and the Saccharomyces cerevisiae HAP complex is discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aspergillus nidulans / genetics*
  • CCAAT-Binding Factor*
  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • DNA, Fungal / metabolism
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / chemistry
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Fungal Proteins / chemistry
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics*
  • Fungal Proteins / metabolism
  • Genes, Fungal
  • Genetic Complementation Test
  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Protein Conformation
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Species Specificity
  • Transcription Factors / genetics*
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism


  • CCAAT-Binding Factor
  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins
  • DNA, Fungal
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Fungal Proteins
  • HapC protein, Emericella nidulans
  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • aab-1 protein, Neurospora