The promoter of the Mucor circinelloides gpd1 gene encoding glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (gpd1P) was recently cloned and used for the production of recombinant proteins, such as the Aspergillus niger glucose oxidase 1 (GOX). This represents the first example of the application of a strong and regulated promoter from this fungus for recombinant protein production. The original 741-bp gpd1P promoter fragment conferred hexose-dependent expression of GOX in M. circinelloides. To understand the regulatory mechanisms involved in gpd1P-driven expression and to develop improved promoter fragments, deletion derivatives of gpd1P were constructed. These derivatives were fused to the A. niger gox1 gene and used to construct strains containing a single copy of the expression cassette. GOX activity was detected in strains containing the full-length gpd1P and also in strains containing a 713-bp or a 361-bp derivative. Expression levels for the 361-bp derivative were high and comparable, regardless of the carbon source used. This promoter represents a useful derivative for constitutive heterologous gene expression in M. circinelloides.