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Can J Genet Cytol. 1980;22(4):535-52.

Isolation and genetic analysis of MMS-sensitive mus mutants of neurospora.


With the aim of obtaining mutants that affect DNA repair or recombination, mutants sensitive to methylmethane sulfonate (MMS) have been isolated in the ascomycete Neurospora crassa. Seven of these mutants were backcrossed repeatedly to produce isogenic strains for measurements of relative mutagen sensitivities and for analysis of recombination frequencies. The new mus (mutagen sensitives) were compared to four previously known radiation-sensitive mutants which were shown to be cross-sensitive to MMS. Tests for allelism assigned the mus mutants to five new genes, mus-7 to mus-11, each mapping in a different linkage group. In homozygous crosses all mutants were sterile, except the two alleles of gene mus-10 which occasionally produced some viable ascospores. Complementation tests on MMS-media identified double mutant strains from many intercrosses. Such strains can be used for analysis of interactions between mutant alleles from different genes and of possible epistatic groupings for repair-deficient mutants in Neurospora. Four of these double mutant strains, all containing mus-8 and previously known mutants, were checked for survival on MMS media and their sensitivities were compared to those of their parental single mutant strains. Results indicate that mus-8 may be epistatic to uvs-2 which is deficient in excision repair, but not to mutants like uvs-3 that appear to be deficient in error-prone repair.

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