Revealing the hexokinase step of glycolysis in lactic acid producer fungus Rhizopus oryzae

Alagoz, Eda
Acar, Seyda
Yucel, Meral
Hamamcı, Haluk
Rhizopus oryzae is a filamentous fungus which can grow on some renewable carbon sources and this makes it a good candidate for production of lactic acid and ethanol. However, in R. oryzae the production yields of these products are lower compared to alternative organisms. The utilization of the carbon source through glycolysis might end up in lactic acid or ethanol production. This makes the glycolytic pathway a focus of attention for our search for a way to increase the speed and efficiency of this pathway thus increasing the yield of desired end product. Hexokinase catalyse the first and irreversible step in glycolysis and implicated as one of the major control points in this pathway. In this study we are trying to investigate the regulation of glycolytic pathway of R. oryzae, in the light of studies done for Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The probable hexokinase genes were found from the annotated genome database of R. oryzae by doing a blast search using the known protein sequences of closely related S. cerevisiae hexokinases and glucokinase. Five of our ten probable hexokinase genes were obtained by using PCR. Sequencing results of three of them proved that these genes have no introns meaning they were expressed in R. oryzae. In the complementation study done in hexokinaless mutant of S. cerevisiae for one of these genes the growth of the transformant was observed on glucose or fructose containing media. Same experiments will be carried out for the rest of these genes.


Cloning and screening of the putative hexokinase genes from Rhizopus oryzae and their heterologous expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Alagoz, Eda; Acar, Seyda; Yucel, Meral; Hamamcı, Haluk (2022-06-01)
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Büyükkileci, Ali Oğuz; Hamamcı, Haluk; Department of Biotechnology (2007)
Rhizopus oryzae is a filamentous fungus, which can produce high amounts of L(+)-lactic acid and produces ethanol as the main by-product. In an effort to understand the pyruvate branch point of this organism, fermentations under different inoculum and glucose concentrations were carried out. At low inoculum size (1x103 spores ml-1), high amount of lactate (78 g l-1) was produced, whereas high ethanol concentration (37 g l-1) was obtained at high inoculum sizes (1x106 spores ml-1). Decreasing working volume i...
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Dedeoğlu, Didem; Hamamcı, Haluk; Department of Biotechnology (2007)
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Investigating the effect of different factors on enzymatic hydrolysis of sugar beet pulp & corn cob
Leyluhan Yurtseven, Berna; Öztop, Halil Mecit; Department of Biotechnology (2019)
Hydrolysis of biomass obtained as the waste of industrial or agricultural production has gained significant interest in recent years. In this study, 2 different biomasses were studied. In the 1st part of the study, sugar beet pulp (SBP) hydrolysis was optimized using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). Sugar beet pulp is an important by product of sugar manufacturing and its hydrolysis could yield valuable sugars that can be used in fermentation processes. As the parameters of SBP hydrolysis by RSM, effect ...
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E. Alagoz, S. Acar, M. Yucel, and H. Hamamcı, “Revealing the hexokinase step of glycolysis in lactic acid producer fungus Rhizopus oryzae,” NEW BIOTECHNOLOGY, pp. 0–0, 2012, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: