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Identification of nonsense mutations in Neurospora: Application to the complex arg-6 locus


The arg-6 locus of Neurospora crassa encodes two enzymes of arginine synthesis, acetylglutamate kinase and acetylglutamyl phosphate reductase. Mutants lacking one or the other enzyme fall into two different complementation groups; a large non-complementing group lacks both enzymes. We wished to survey over 50 alleles for suppressibility by a nonsense suppressor. We compared two methods of assessing suppressibility. One, based on trans-action of a nonsense suppressor, was simple, but not efficient in detecting all suppressible alleles. The other, based on crosses involving a marker linked to the locus surveyed was very efficient in methodology and is suited to all cases, such as the arg-6 locus, in which allelic crosses are sterile. The data indicate that the arg-6 locus encodes a bifunctional protein. © 1983 Springer-Verlag.

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