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  • Mali, Tuulia; Mäki, Mari; Hellén, Heidi; Heinonsalo, Jussi; Bäck, Jaana; Lundell, Taina (2019)
    Effect of three wood-decaying fungi on decomposition of spruce wood was studied in solid-state cultivation conditions for a period of three months. Two white rot species (Trichaptum abietinum and Phlebia radiata) were challenged by a brown rot species (Fomitopsis pinicola) in varying combinations. Wood decomposition patterns as determined by mass loss, carbon to nitrogen ratio, accumulation of dissolved sugars, and release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were observed to depend on both fungal combinations and growth time. Similar dependence of fungal species combination, either white or brown rot dominated, was observed for secreted enzyme activities on spruce wood. Fenton chemistry suggesting reduction of Fe3+ to Fe2+ was detected in the presence of F. pinicola, even in co-cultures, together with substantial degradation of wood carbohydrates and accumulation of oxalic acid. Significant correlation was perceived with two enzyme activity patterns (oxidoreductases produced by white rot fungi; hydrolytic enzymes produced by the brown rot fungus) and wood degradation efficiency. Moreover, emission of four signature VOCs clearly grouped the fungal combinations. Our results indicate that fungal decay type, either brown or white rot, determines the loss of wood mass and decomposition of polysaccharides as well as the pattern of VOCs released upon fungal growth on spruce wood.
  • Veloz Villavicencio, Eliana Estefanía (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    Fungal wood-decayers play an important role in the recycling of biomass and circulation of nutrients in nature. Fungi are capable to convert cellulose, hemicellulose, pectin and lignin, by the action of carbohydrate-acting enzymes (CAZymes) secreted and also by non-enzymatic reactions, depending on the ecology and decay strategy of the fungus. In the present study, four Basidiomycota fungi with different decay strategies were studied to compare their enzyme activity profiles. The white rot fungus Phlebia radiata, brown rot fungus Fomitopsis pinicola and “grey rot” fungus Schizophyllum commune were cultivated on birch (Betula pendula) wood pieces for twelve weeks, whereas the litter-decomposing fungus Coprinopsis cinerea was cultivated on cut barley (Hordeum vulgare) straw for six weeks. All fungi were also cultivated on liquid medium (malt extract 2%) for four weeks. Laccase, manganese peroxidase (MnP), β-glucosidase, xylanase and endoglucanase activities were followed weekly by measuring the absorbances on 96-well plates. The pH and the production of organic acids at each time point were also followed. The results showed that P. radiata produced high laccase and MnP activities. Additionally, high amounts of succinic acid in the aqueous phase of the solid-state cultivations were detected. F. pinicola had a notable production of xylanase activity on birch, in contrast to the moderate β-glucosidase and endoglucanase activities observed on the same substrate. S. commune was a strong producer of β-glucosidase, but especially xylanase activity on solid substrate. Lastly, the litter-decomposer C. cinerea seemed to have a poor performance in enzymatically decomposing the lignin portion from barley straw, whereas a preference on hemicellulose decomposition was observed. Overall, the results indicated the ability of the studied fungi in decomposing the components of the plant cell wall to different extents according to their decay strategy, which is key in the understanding of the ecophysiology of wood-decay and litter-decomposing fungi, and the potential of fungal enzymes for biotechnological applications.
  • Daly, Paul; Peng, Mao; Di Falco, Marcos; Lipzen, Anna; Wang, Mei; Ng, Vivian; Grigoriev, Igor; Tsang, Adrian; Makela, Miia R.; de Vries, Ronald P. (2019)
    The extent of carbon catabolite repression (CCR) at a global level is unknown in wood-rotting fungi, which are critical to the carbon cycle and are a source of biotechnological enzymes. CCR occurs in the presence of sufficient concentrations of easily metabolizable carbon sources (e.g., glucose) and involves downregulation of the expression of genes encoding enzymes involved in the breakdown of complex carbon sources. We investigated this phenomenon in the white-rot fungus Dichomitus squalens using transcriptomics and exoproteomics. In D. squalens cultures, approximately 7% of genes were repressed in the presence of glucose compared to Avicel or xylan alone. The glucose-repressed genes included the essential components for utilization of plant biomass-carbohydrate-active enzyme (CAZyme) and carbon catabolic genes. The majority of polysaccharide-degrading CAZyme genes were repressed and included activities toward all major carbohydrate polymers present in plant cell walls, while repression of ligninolytic genes also occurred. The transcriptome-level repression of the CAZyme genes observed on the Avicel cultures was strongly supported by exoproteomics. Protease-encoding genes were generally not glucose repressed, indicating their likely dominant role in scavenging for nitrogen rather than carbon. The extent of CCR is surprising, given that D. squalens rarely experiences high free sugar concentrations in its woody environment, and it indicates that biotechnological use of D. squalens for modification of plant biomass would benefit from derepressed or constitutively CAZyme-expressing strains. IMPORTANCE White-rot fungi are critical to the carbon cycle because they can mineralize all wood components using enzymes that also have biotechnological potential. The occurrence of carbon catabolite repression (CCR) in white-rot fungi is poorly understood. Previously, CCR in wood-rotting fungi has only been demonstrated for a small number of genes. We demonstrated widespread glucose-mediated CCR of plant biomass utilization in the white-rot fungus Dichomitus squalens. This indicates that the CCR mechanism has been largely retained even though wood-rotting fungi rarely experience commonly considered CCR conditions in their woody environment. The general lack of repression of genes encoding proteases along with the reduction in secreted CAZymes during CCR suggested that the retention of CCR may be connected with the need to conserve nitrogen use during growth on nitrogen-scarce wood. The widespread repression indicates that derepressed strains could be beneficial for enzyme production.
  • Chroumpi, Tania; Peng, Mao; Markillie, Lye Meng; Mitchell, Hugh D.; Nicora, Carrie D.; Hutchinson, Chelsea M.; Paurus, Vanessa; Tolic, Nikola; Clendinen, Chaevien S.; Orr, Galya; Baker, Scott E.; Makela, Miia R.; de Vries, Ronald P. (2021)
    The filamentous ascomycete Aspergillus niger has received increasing interest as a cell factory, being able to efficiently degrade plant cell wall polysaccharides as well as having an extensive metabolism to convert the released monosaccharides into value added compounds. The pentoses D-xylose and L-arabinose are the most abundant monosaccharides in plant biomass after the hexose D-glucose, being major constituents of xylan, pectin and xyloglucan. In this study, the influence of selected pentose catabolic pathway (PCP) deletion strains on growth on plant biomass and re-routing of sugar catabolism was addressed to gain a better understanding of the flexibility of this fungus in using plant biomass-derived monomers. The transcriptome, metabolome and proteome response of three PCP mutant strains, Delta larA Delta xyrA Delta xyrB, Delta ladA Delta xdhA Delta sdhA and Delta xkiA, grown on wheat bran (WB) and sugar beet pulp (SBP), was evaluated. Our results showed that despite the absolute impact of these PCP mutations on pure pentose sugars, they are not as critical for growth of A. niger on more complex biomass substrates, such as WB and SBP. However, significant phenotypic variation was observed between the two biomass substrates, but also between the different PCP mutants. This shows that the high sugar heterogeneity of these substrates in combination with the high complexity and adaptability of the fungal sugar metabolism allow for activation of alternative strategies to support growth.
  • Linares, Nancy Coconi; Di Falco, Marcos; Benoit-Gelber, Isabelle; Gruben, Birgit S.; Peng, Mao; Tsang, Adrian; Mäkelä, Miia R.; de Vries, Ronald P. (2019)
    Guar gum consists mainly of galactomannan and constitutes the endosperm of guar seeds that acts as a reserve polysaccharide for germination. Due to its molecular structure and physical properties, this biopolymer has been considered as one of the most important and widely used gums in industry. However, for many of these applications this (hemi-) cellulosic structure needs to be modified or (partially) depolymerized in order to customize and improve its physicochemical properties. In this study, transcriptome, exoproteome and enzyme activity analyses were employed to decipher the complete enzymatic arsenal for guar gum depolymerization by Aspergillus niger. This multi-omic analysis revealed a set of 46 genes encoding carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) responding to the presence of guar gum, including CAZymes not only with preferred activity towards galactomannan, but also towards (arabino-) xylan, cellulose, starch and pectin, likely due to trace components in guar gum. This demonstrates that the purity of substrates has a strong effect on the resulting enzyme mixture produced by A. niger and probably by other fungi as well, which has significant implications for the commercial production of fungal enzyme cocktails.