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BACKGROUND The dung-inhabiting ascomycete fungus Podospora anserina is a model used to study various aspects of eukaryotic and fungal biology, such as ageing, prions and sexual development. RESULTS We present a 10X draft sequence of P. anserina genome, linked to the sequences of a large expressed sequence tag collection. Similar to higher eukaryotes, the(More)
The mitochondrial chromosome of 15 Podospora anserina and one Podospora comata wild-type strains have been extensively examined for the presence of optional elements and for sequence divergence. Among the P. anserina strains, nine optional sequences were found. By comparing P. anserina with the closely related and weakly interfertile P. comata species, six(More)
We present here the properties of a complex III loss-of-function mutant of the filamentous fungus Podospora anserina. The mutation corresponds to a single substitution in the second intron of the gene cyc1 encoding cytochrome c(1), leading to a splicing defect. The cyc1-1 mutant is long-lived, exhibits a defect in ascospore pigmentation, has a reduced(More)
We isolated and characterized a novel spontaneous longevity mutant of Podospora anserina strain Wa32 carrying one of the pAL2-1 homologous mitochondrial plasmids. This mutant is at least ten fold longer-lived than the wild type, and is hence a formal suppressor of both the regular and the 'plasmid-based' senescence process. We show that the longevity trait(More)
In Podospora anserina, the two zinc cluster proteins RSE2 and RSE3 are essential for the expression of the gene encoding the alternative oxidase (aox) when the mitochondrial electron transport chain is impaired. In parallel, they activated the expression of gluconeogenic genes encoding phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (pck) and fructose-1,6-biphosphatase(More)
Defects in oxidative phosphorylation lie at the heart of a wide variety of degenerative disorders, cancer, and aging. Here, we show, using the fungal model Podospora anserina, that the overexpression of the native mitochondrial matrix-faced type II NADH dehydrogenase NDI1, paralogue of the human apoptosis inducing factor AIF1, can fully restore all(More)
Gene replacement via homologous recombination is a fundamental tool for the analysis of gene function. However, this event is rare in organisms like the filamentous fungus Podospora anserina. We show here that deletion of the PaKu70 gene is an efficient strategy for improving gene manipulation in this organism. By using the DeltaPaKu70 strain, it is now(More)
A Podospora anserina BAC library of 4800 clones has been constructed in the vector pBHYG allowing direct selection in fungi. Screening of the BAC collection for centromeric sequences of chromosome V allowed the recovery of clones localized on either sides of the centromere, but no BAC clone was found to contain the centromere. Seven BAC clones containing(More)