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    Author(s): Oleksandr Skyba; Daniel Cullen; Carl J. Douglas; Shawn D. Mansfield
    Date: 2016
    Source: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(14)
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    Identification of the specific genes and enzymes involved in the fungal degradation of lignocellulosic biomass derived from feedstocks with various compositions is essential to the development of improved bioenergy processes. In order to elucidate the effect of substrate composition on gene expression in wood-rotting fungi, we employed microarrays based on the annotated genomes of the brown- and white-rot fungi, Rhodonia placenta (formerly Postia placenta) and Phanerochaete chrysosporium, respectively. We monitored the expression of genes involved in the enzymatic deconstruction of the cell walls of three 4-year-old Populus trichocarpa (poplar) trees of genotypes with distinct cell wall chemistries, selected from a population of several hundred trees grown in a common garden. The woody substrates were incubated with wood decay fungi for 10, 20, and 30 days. An analysis of transcript abundance in all pairwise comparisons highlighted 64 and 84 differentially expressed genes (>2-fold, P<0.05) in P. chrysosporium and P. placenta, respectively. Cross-fungal comparisons also revealed an array of highly differentially expressed genes (>4-fold, P<0.01) across different substrates and time points. These results clearly demonstrate that gene expression profiles of P. chrysosporium and P. placenta are influenced by wood substrate composition and the duration of incubation. Many of the significantly expressed genes encode “proteins of unknown function,” and determining their role in lignocellulose degradation presents opportunities and challenges for future research.

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    Skyba, Oleksandr; Cullen, Dan; Douglas, Carl J.; Mansfield, Shawn D. 2016. Gene expression patterns of wood decay fungi Postia placenta and Phanerochaete chrysosporium are influenced by wood substrate composition during degradation. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82(14): 4387-4400.


    Biofuels, Brown-rot fungi, Lignocellulosics, Microarray, Gene expression, Poplar, White-rot fungi

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