Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 31821884
Link to DOI – S1087-1845(19)30361-510.1016/j.fgb.2019.103316
Fungal Genet Biol 2020 03; 136(): 103316
The development of a tetO/TetR system in the fungus Neurospora crassa is described. The system includes (i) a synthetic gene encoding a TetR variant fused to GFP, and (ii) a standard tetO array integrated homologously, as a proof of principle, near the his-3 gene. The localization of TetR-GFP at the tetO array (observed by fluorescence microscopy) can be disrupted by the application of tetracycline. The full-length array is stable during vegetative growth, but it triggers strong repeat-induced point mutation (RIP) by the RID-dependent as well as the DIM-2-dependent pathways during the sexual phase. Thus, both RIP pathways must be inactivated to allow the faithful inheritance of the unmodified construct. In summary, this study introduces a new molecular tool into Neurospora research, and suggests that the standard tetO array can self-engage in recombination-independent homologous pairing.