The Mtl gene from Cryptococcus neoformans, which confers the ability of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Sc41 YJO to grow on mannitol with substantial NAD- dependent mannitol dehydrogenase activity, was identified. Purifications and characterizations of this enzyme show that it is found in polyploid strain BB1, and the peptide sequence of the enzyme helped identify the saccharomyces gene encoding this mannitol dehydrogenase activity. On the other hand, the Mtl gene of C. neoformans encodes a 346-amino-acid protein which is not mannitol dehydrogenase but a regulatory element which is active in a heterologous fungus.
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