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Insertional mutagenesis procedures in Chlamydomonas have facilitated the identification and characterization of dozens of genes required for the assembly and motility of flagella in Chlamydomonas. Many of these genes have been found to have homologs in animal systems. Here we describe a new gene required for flagellar assembly. Null mutants at the BLD1(More)
The small genome of Arabidopsis contains at least nine expressed beta-tubulin (TUB) genes, in contrast to the large genomes of vertebrate animals, which contain a maximum of seven expressed beta-tubulin genes. In this study, we report the structures of seven new TUB genes (TUB2, TUB3, TUB5, TUB6, TUB7, TUB8, and TUB9) of Arabidopsis. The sequences of TUB1(More)
To correlate cloned nuclear DNA sequences with previously characterized mutations in Chlamydomonas and, to gain insight into the organization of its nuclear genome, we have begun to map molecular markers using restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs). A Chlamydomonas reinhardtii strain (CC-29) containing phenotypic markers on nine of the 19 linkage(More)
We have prepared a molecular map of the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii genome anchored to the genetic map. The map consists of 264 markers, including sequence-tagged sites (STS), scored by use of PCR and agarose gel electrophoresis, and restriction fragment length polymorphism markers, scored by use of Southern blot hybridization. All molecular markers tested(More)
We constructed and characterized recombinant cDNA clones containing alpha- and beta-tubulin DNA sequences. The inserted DNA was determined to code for alpha- and beta-tubulin by positive hybridization-selection. The selected mRNA was translated in vitro, and the translation products were shown to be alpha- or beta-tubulin by comigration with flagellar(More)
In the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas, two anterior flagella are positioned with 180 degrees rotational symmetry, such that the flagella beat with the effective strokes in opposite directions (Hoops, H.J., and G.B. Witman. 1983. J. Cell Biol. 97:902-908). The vfl1 mutation results in variable numbers and positioning of flagella and basal bodies (Adams,(More)
6 Simple, experimentally tractable systems such Saccharomy-ces cerevisiae, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, and Arabidopsis thaliana are powerful models for dissecting basic biological processes. The unicellular green alga C. reinhardtii is amenable to a diversity of genetic and molecular manipulations. This haploid organism grows rapidly in axenic cultures, on(More)
G REAT strides in understanding fundamental pro-and function, using the powerful techniques of micro-cesses in eukaryotic cells have come from genetic bial genetics. studies on budding and fission yeasts and other fungi. The genetic analysis of the flagellar apparatus of Chla-The exquisite experimental tools developed for use with mydomonas, including the(More)
One fundamental role of the centriole in eukaryotic cells is to nucleate the growth of cilia. The unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii provides a simple genetic system to study the role of the centriole in ciliogenesis. Wild-type cells are biflagellate, but "uni" mutations result in failure of some centrioles (basal bodies) to assemble cilia(More)