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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)
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)
Group II introns are widely distributed as attested by their recent discovery in several bacterial species (Ferat & Michel, 1993; Ferat, Le Gouar & Michel, 1994; Knoop & Brennicke, 1994). They are supposed to be relics of the RNA world and ancestors of the nuclear spliceosomal machinery (Cavalier-Smith, 1991; Sharp, 1991). Recent progress on their molecular(More)
The mitochondrial chromosome of 15 Podo-spora 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)
We have carried out a comparative analysis of the expression of the albumin and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) genes in yolk sac and liver at different stages of fetal and postnatal life, in rat and mouse. Albumin and AFP mRNA levels were examined in these tissues by R0t analysis of RNA excess-cDNA hybridization data and/or by Dot blot hybridization. In addition,(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)
In the filamentous fungus Podospora anserina, the amplification as circular DNA molecules of the first intron (intron α) of the CO1 mitochondrial gene, encoding the cytochrome oxidase subunit 1, is known to be strongly associated with aging of strains. In this study we have attempted to detect the protein potentially encoded by the open reading frame (ORF)(More)