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Silencing of Hygromycin Phosphotransferase (hph) Gene During Sexual Cycle and Its Reversible Inactivation in Heterokaryon of Neurospora crassa

Dev, Kamal and Maheshwari, Ramesh (2003) Silencing of Hygromycin Phosphotransferase (hph) Gene During Sexual Cycle and Its Reversible Inactivation in Heterokaryon of Neurospora crassa. In: Current Microbiology, 47 (3). pp. 220-225.

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Abstract

We transformed wild-type Neurospora crassa with hph gene encoding hygromycin phosphotransferase to obtain hygromycin-resistant $(Hyg^R)$ transformants and studied their behavior in the vegetative and sexual phases of growth. During vegetative growth in the absence of hygromycin, the hph gene was stable for at least three successive transfers with conidia. On the other hand, the behavior of the transformants in the sexual phase was different. The segregation of hph gene in the meiotic progeny was in accordance with the Mendelian ratio as inferred from PCR analysis. However, in spite of inheriting the hph gene, a proportion of the meiotic progeny failed to grow in the presence of hygromycin. This suggested that the hph gene is silenced in some progeny. The silencing effect was not confined to hph gene expression, since one-half of the meiotic progeny also showed poor conidiation. Genomic Southern analysis indicated deletions/rearrangements of the transgene in the progeny. A heterokaryon between silenced and non-silenced strains was able to grow on hygromycin-containing medium, showing that silencing was recessive. Silencing was reversed in homokaryotic nuclei extracted from such heterokaryon.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 19 May 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:26
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/6735

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