Isolation of a gene that down-regulates nitrate assimilation and influences another regulatory gene in the same system. Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Glutamine is the preferred source of nitrogen of Neurospora crassa. In its presence and that of the gene product of MS5 (nmr-1), the fungus represses the assimilation of less preferred forms of nitrogen, such as nitrate. In the absence of glutamine and the presence of the product of gene nit-2, less preferred forms of nitrogen are assimilated as long as a specific pathway for their assimilation is induced. We report here the isolation, from a cosmid bank, of a gene that complements MS5 and can also complement nit-2. We speculate that this result suggests an interaction between the MS5 and nit-2 gene products and that this is important in the regulation of nitrate assimilation.

publication date

  • September 1989