Antifungal activity of extracellular hydrolases produced by autolysing Aspergillus nidulans cultures

Melinda Szilágyi, Fruzsina Anton, Katalin Forgács, Jae Hyuk Yu, István Pócsi, Tamás Emri

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Carbon-starving Aspergillus nidulans cultures produce high activities of versatile hydrolytic enzymes and, among these, ChiB endochitinase and EngA β-1,3-endoglucanase showed significant antifungal activity against various fungal species. Double deletion of engA and chiB diminished the antifungal activity of the fermentation broths and increased conidiogenesis and long-term viability of A. nidulans, but decreased the growth rate on culture media containing weak carbon sources. Production of ChiB and EngA can influence fungal communities either directly due to their antifungal properties or indirectly through their effects on vegetative growth. Our data suggest saprophytic fungi as promising future candidates to develop novel biocontrol technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-854
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Microbiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 12 2012


  • A. nidulans
  • antifungal activity
  • chitinase
  • proteinase
  • β-1,3-glucanase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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