Tagging target genes of the mat1-2-1 transcription factor in Fusarium verticillioides (Gibberella fujikuroi MP-A)

A. Keszthelyi, A. Jeney, Z. Kerenyi, O. Mendes, C. Waalwijk, L. Hornok

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    Mating type in filamentous ascomycetes is controlled by idiomorphic alleles, named MAT1-1 and MAT1-2, which contain 1-3 genes. Of these genes MAT1-1-1 and MAT1-2-1 encode putative transcription factors and are thus considered to be the major regulators of sexual communication and mating. Fungi with no known sexual stage may also have fully functional mating type genes and therefore it was plausible to hypothesize that the MAT products may also regulate other types of genes not involved directly in the mating process. To identify putative target genes of these transcription factors in Fusarium verticillioides, ¿MAT1-2-1 knock out mutants were produced and transcript profiles of mutant and wild type were compared by means of differential cDNA hybridization. Clones, either up- or down-regulated in the ¿MAT1-2-1 mutant were sequenced and a total of 248 sequences were blasted against the NCBI database as well as the Gibberella zeae and Gibberella moniliformis genomes. Fifty-five percent of the clones were down-regulated in the mutant, indicating that the MAT1-2-1 product positively affected these tagged sequences. On the other hand, 45% were found to be up-regulated in the mutant, suggesting that the MAT1-2-1 product also exerted a negative regulatory function on this set of genes. Sequences involved in protein synthesis and metabolism occurred more frequently among the clones up-regulated in the mutant, whereas genes belonging to cell signalling and communication were especially frequently tagged among the sequences down-regulated in the mutant
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)373-391
    JournalAntonie van Leeuwenhoek: Nederlandsch tijdschrift voor hygiëne, microbiologie en serologie
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • pheromone precursor genes
    • mating-type gene
    • neurospora-crassa
    • sordaria-macrospora
    • sexual development
    • species complex
    • regulated genes
    • mutants
    • zeae
    • complementation


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