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Genetic control of anastomosis in Podospora anserina

Abstract : We developed a new microscopy procedure to study anastomoses in the model ascomycete Podospora anserina and compared it with the previous method involving the formation of balanced heterokaryons. Both methods showed a good correlation. Heterokaryon formation was less quantifiable, but enabled to observe very rare events. Microscopic analysis evidenced that anastomoses were greatly influence by growth conditions and were severely impaired in the IDC mutants of the PaMpk1, PaMpk2, IDC1 and PaNox1 pathways. Yet some mutants readily formed heterokaryons, albeit with a delay when compared to the wild type. We also identified IDC(821), a new mutant presenting a phenotype similar to the other IDC mutants, including lack of anastomosis. Complete genome sequencing revealed that IDC(821) was affected in the orthologue of the Neurospora crassa So gene known to control anastomosis in several other ascomycetes.
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Laetitia Chan Ho Tong, Philippe Silar, Hervé Lalucque. Genetic control of anastomosis in Podospora anserina. Fungal Genetics and Biology, Elsevier, 2014, 70, pp.94-103. ⟨10.1016/j.fgb.2014.07.006⟩. ⟨hal-03153683⟩



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