The Ustilago maydis b mating type locus controls hyphal proliferation and expression of secreted virulence factors in planta.


Sexual development in fungi is controlled by mating type loci that prevent self-fertilization. In the phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis, the b mating type locus encodes two homeodomain proteins, termed bE and bW. After cell fusion, a heterodimeric bE/bW complex is formed if the proteins are derived from different alleles. The bE/bW complex is required… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2009.06984.x


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