Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology | 2021
The Transcription Factor Gene tclB2 Regulates Mannanolytic Enzyme Production in the Fungus Talaromyces cellulolyticus
The filamentous fungus Talaromyces cellulolyticus is a well-characterized cellulolytic and hemicellulolytic enzyme producer. In this study, the function of the tclB2 gene, which is a homolog of the manR/clrB/clr-2 gene in other filamentous fungi, in mannanolytic enzyme production by T. cellulolyticus was investigated. When a tclB2-disrupted strain (YDTclB) was grown in the presence of glucomannan, the production of β-mannanase, β-mannosidase, and α-galactosidase was decreased at the protein and transcriptional levels when compared to the control strain. In addition, a tclB2-overexpressing strain (YHTclB) showed higher β-mannanase and β-mannosidase production. When cellulose was used as a carbon source, the expression of genes encoding mannanolytic enzymes also decreased in YDTclB. These results suggested that TclB2 contributes to mannanolytic enzyme production in T. cellulolyticus. This work is the first study to identify a transcriptional regulator of mannanolytic enzyme genes in T. cellulolyticus.