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Curr Genet. 1996 Jul 31;30(2):166-73.

Highly efficient homologous integration via tandem exo-beta-1, 3-glucanase genes in the common mushroom, Agaricus bisporus.

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DLO-Institute for Agrotechnological Research (ATO-DLO), Wageningen, The Netherlands.


Homologous integration was studied in the common mushroom, Agaricus bisporus, using a plasmid (pHAG3-1) carrying the hygromycin-resistance gene and a 3.2-kb genomic fragment from A. bisporus. Homologous integration was found in 30-60% of the transformants obtained with pHAG3-1 linearized at three different positions within the homologous sequence, generating either blunt, 5'- or 3'-protruding ends. The genomic fragment was found to contain two homologous open reading frames in tandem, which showed 60% similarity to exo-beta-1,3-glucanases from Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans. The level of the corresponding mRNA is low in the vegetative mycelium and relatively high in fruiting bodies. In the vegetative mycelium of a transformant with tandemly integrated pHAG3-1 plasmids at the homologous position, exoglucanase mRNA was strongly increased without any apparent effect on growth rate or morphology.

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