Promoter analysis and differential expression of the Candida rugosa lipase gene family in response to culture conditions

Keng Hao Hsu, Guan Chiun Lee*, Jei Fu Shaw

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Five lipase genes have been identified and sequenced from Candida rugosa. However, as the sequences of LIP multigene family are extremely closely related, it is difficult to characterize the expression spectrum of LIP genes. In the present work we have cloned, sequenced, and analyzed the promoters of these five LIP isoform genes, and several putative transcriptional elements including oleate response element (ORE) and upstream activation sequence 1 (UAS1) were identified. A quantitative real-time RT-PCR method was developed for determining the differential expression of C. rugosa lipase family genes in response to various environmental and nutritional factors. While all five LIP genes display significant changes in mRNA expression under oleic acid and/or olive oil culture conditions, LIP2 showed the strongest induction (456-fold) in response to oleic acid. LIP transcription and promoter regulation were studied by assaying the β-galactosidase activities of promoter-lacZ fusions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Three of the LIP genes, LIP3, LIP4, and LIP5, showed significant induction by oleic acid, and their ORE and UAS1 elements are essential for induction by oleic acid. Together, this suggests that the multiple lipase expression profiles may be due to differential transcriptional regulation of the LIP genes in response to environment or nutritional factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1992-1998
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar 26


  • Candida rugosa
  • Differential expression
  • Lipase
  • Promoter
  • Real-time RT-PCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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