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We have recently discovered that the mipA gene of A. nidulans encodes gamma-tubulin, a new member of the tubulin superfamily. To determine the function of gamma-tubulin in vivo, we have created a mutation in the mipA gene by integrative transformation, maintained the mutation in a heterokaryon, and determined the phenotype of the mutation in spores produced(More)
Aspergillus nidulans is an important experimental organism, and it is a model organism for the genus Aspergillus that includes serious pathogens as well as commercially important organisms. Gene targeting by homologous recombination during transformation is possible in A. nidulans, but the frequency of correct gene targeting is variable and often low. We(More)
We describe a rapid method for the production of fusion PCR products that can be used, generally without band purification, to transform Aspergillus nidulans. This technique can be used to replace genes; tag genes with fluorescent moeties or epitope tags; or replace endogenous promoters with regulatable promoters, by introducing an appropriate selective(More)
Microtubules, which are essential for mitosis and many other cytoskeletal functions, are composed primarily of alpha- and beta-tubulin. The properties of microtubules are due, in part, to proteins other than tubulins that are part of, or interact with, microtubules and the identification and characterization of such proteins is important to understanding(More)
We have created 41 clustered charged-to-alanine scanning mutations of the mipA, gamma-tubulin, gene of Aspergillus nidulans and have created strains carrying these mutations by two-step gene replacement and by a new procedure, heterokaryon gene replacement. Most mutant alleles confer a wild-type phenotype, but others are lethal or conditionally lethal. The(More)
We have modified the transformation procedures of Ballance et al. [Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 112 (1983) 284-289] to give increased rates of transformation in Aspergillus nidulans. With the modified procedures we have been able to complement pyrG89, a mutation in the orotidine-5'-phosphate decarboxylase gene of A. nidulans, by transformation with a(More)
We have mapped 17 extragenic suppressors of benA33, a heat-sensitive beta-tubulin mutation of Aspergillus nidulans, to the tubA alpha tubulin locus. Fifteen of these tubA mutations cause cold sensitivity in a genetic background with benA33 and appear to cause lethality in a background with the wild-type benA allele. We examined the microtubule-mediated(More)
We have complemented the riboB2 mutation of Aspergillus nidulans by transformation with a plasmid library of wild-type (wt) sequences. We have isolated, by marker rescue from a riboB+ transformant, a plasmid that complements riboB2 efficiently. From this plasmid we have subcloned an A. nidulans sequence that complements riboB2 efficiently and that(More)
The sequencing of Aspergillus genomes has revealed that the products of a large number of secondary metabolism pathways have not yet been identified. This is probably because many secondary metabolite gene clusters are not expressed under normal laboratory culture conditions. It is, therefore, important to discover conditions or regulatory factors that can(More)
Previous work identified a gamma-tubulin gene, gamma Tub23C, in Drosophila (Zheng et al., 1991). We now report identification of a second gamma-tubulin gene, gamma Tub37CD. Immunoblot analysis and immunolocalization show that gamma Tub37CD and gamma Tub23C are differentially expressed during gametogenesis and development. During oogenesis, gamma Tub23C was(More)