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Curr Genet. 1999 Jan;34(6):478-85.

Functional characterization of SOR1, a gene required for resistance to photosensitizing toxins in the fungus Cercospora nicotianae.

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  • 1Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7616, USA.


The Cercospora nicotianae SOR1 gene is required for resistance to singlet oxygen-generating photosensitizers. SOR1 was characterized in the wild-type and in five photosensitizer-sensitive mutant strains which are complemented to photosensitizer resistance by transformation with SOR1. Sequence analysis determined that three of the mutants contain SOR1 copies with mutations encoding substitutions in the protein-coding sequence; however, two other mutants had wild-type SOR1 protein and promoter sequences. All five mutants accumulate SOR1 mRNA at levels comparable to that of the wild-type strain. In the wild-type strain, SOR1 accumulation is enhanced two-fold by light, but is unaffected by the presence of cercosporin, the photosensitizer synthesized by C. nicotianae. Southern analysis indicates that SOR1 is present in other fungi that synthesize structurally related perylenequinone photosensitizers.

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