GAC1, a gene encoding a putative GTPase-activating protein, regulates bikaverin biosynthesis in Fusarium verticillioides.

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Fusarium verticillioides (teleomorph Gibberella moniliformis) is an ascomycete known to produce a variety of secondary metabolites, including fumonisins, fusaric acid and bikaverin. These metabolites are synthesized when the fungus is under stress, notably nutrient limitations. To date we have limited understanding of the complex regulatory process associated with fungal secondary metabolism. In this study we generated a collection of F. verticillioides mutants by using REMI (restriction enzyme mediated integration) mutagenesis and in the process identified a strain, R647, that carries a mutation in a gene designated GAC1. Mutation in the GACI locus, which encodes a putative GTPase activating protein, resulted in the increased production of bikaverin, suggesting that GAC1 is negatively associated with bikaverin biosynthesis. Complementation of R647 with the wildtype GAC1 gene restored the bikaverin production level to that of the wild-type progenitor, demonstrating that gac1 mutation was directly responsible for the overproduction of bikaverin. We also demonstrated that AREA, encoding global nitrogen regulator, and PKS4, encoding polyketide synthase, are downstream genes that respectively are regulated positively and negatively by GAC1. Our results suggest that GAC1 plays an important role in signal transduction regulating bikaverin production in F. verticillioides.

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SML0724 Bikaverin, from Fusarium subglutinans, ≥98% (HPLC)