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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2005 Oct 1;251(1):155-60.

The snpA, a temperature-sensitive suppressor of npgA1, encodes the eukaryotic translation release factor, eRF1, in Aspergillus nidulans.

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Research Center for Biomedicinal Resources, Pai Chai University, Daejeon 302-735, Republic of Korea.


The npgA1 mutation causes defects in the outer layer of the cell wall resulting in a colorless colony. In this study, a temperature-sensitive suppressor of npgA1 named snpA was isolated by UV mutagenesis. The suppressing mutant showed pleiotropic phenotypes in cellular structure and developmental processes when incubated at a temperature of 37 degrees C or above. At 37 degrees C, multiple germ tubes emerged from germinating conidia. Moreover, at 42 degrees C conidia germination was delayed more than 12h and hyphal growth was strongly inhibited. The suppressor allele, snpA6, is recessive and maps to the linkage group III. A gene complementing the mutation was identified employing the chromosome III-specific cosmid library. Sequencing analysis revealed that the snpA gene encodes the eukaryotic polypeptide release factor, eRF1. The snpA6 allele contains a G-A mutation resulting in SnpA(E117K), which may allow read-through of the nonsense mutation in the npgA1 allele in a similar manner to the yeast omni-potent suppressor SUP45 and SUP35.

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