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Identification and linkage mapping of the phsA gene of Aspergillus nidulans, where mutation affects growth and pigmentation of colonies in a temperature- and pH-dependent way.

Authors
  • Cuadros, S C
  • Martinez-Rossi, N M
  • Rossi, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
FEMS microbiology letters
Publication Date
Feb 15, 1999
Volume
171
Issue
2
Pages
103–106
Identifiers
PMID: 10077833
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report the isolation and characterization of a mutant strain of the mold Aspergillus nidulans showing an altered response to environmental pH, including a reduction in its pH range for growth and the production of a melanin-like pigment at alkaline pH. We also show that the mutant strain is not detergent-sensitive and that its acid sensitivity is osmotically remediable with 0.5 M NaCl or 1.0 M sorbitol. Furthermore, the mutant phenotype is temperature-remediable with respect to pigmentation, extent of conidiation and growth diameter, with the restoration of a wild-type phenotype to the mutant strain being observed at 28 degrees C. On the other hand, the severity of the mutant phenotype is increased at 40 degrees C. Genetic analysis shows that this pH- and temperature-sensitive mutation, named phsA1, is located on the right arm of linkage group I of A. nidulans, between pabaA and yA, and that mutation phsA1 is recessive.

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