The effects of hydrogen peroxide, gallic acid and resveratrol on growth and catalase production of aspergillus fumigatus

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The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of hydrogen peroxide and selected phenolic compounds on growth and catalase production of Aspergillus fumigatus. As a result of growing A. fumigatus at different temperatures it was observed that, growth and catalase production of this species were highest at 37 °C. Catalase production was highest in the presence of 1 mM H2O2, yielding a significant 3 fold increase with respect to the control. Biomass was also increased by 1,44 fold with respect to the control sample. H2O2 increased catalase production possibly by inducing oxidative stress as biomass production significantly increased after the depletion of H2O2. Both gallic acid and trans-resveratrol significantly enhanced biomass generation of A. fumigatus (1,17 fold increase at 10 mM gallic acid and 1,45 fold increase at 3 mM resveratrol with respect to controls) and decreased extracellular catalase production (4,33 fold at 25 mM gallic acid and 16,7 fold decrease at 3 mM resveratrol with respect to controls) especially in the first 5 or 6 days of the cultivation where the anti-oxidant activity of the compounds were possibly at their maximum. A sudden and significant rise was observed in extracellular catalase activity between 5th and 7th days of the cultivation in phenolic compound applied samples, possibly owing to the depletion of the antioxidant activity of gallic acid and resveratrol followed by fungal cells’ response to a sudden increase of oxidative stress by boosting catalase production.


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T. Doğan, “The effects of hydrogen peroxide, gallic acid and resveratrol on growth and catalase production of aspergillus fumigatus,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.