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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2000 Apr;3(2):183-8.

Cell and nuclear recognition mechanisms mediated by mating type in filamentous ascomycetes.

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Department of Botany, The Biotechnology Laboratory, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. ktshiu@interchange.ub


Sexual development in filamentous ascomycetes requires mating-type genes to mediate recognition of compatible cell and nuclear types. Characterization of mating-type genes from various fungi shows that they primarily encode transcriptional regulators. Recent studies on mating-type-specific pheromones and internuclear recognition have shed light on how mating-type genes specify mating and nuclear identity in filamentous ascomycetes.

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