Cloning and characterisation of the sagA gene of Aspergillus nidulans: a gene which affects sensitivity to DNA-damaging agents

G W Jones, P Hooley, S M Farrington, S G Shawcross, L A Iwanejko, P Strike

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Abstract

Mutations within the sagA gene of Aspergillus nidulans cause sensitisation to DNA-damaging chemicals but have no effect upon spontaneous or damage-induced mutation frequency. The sagA gene was cloned on a 19-kb cosmid-derived fragment by functional complementation of a sagA1 sagC3 double mutant; subsequently, a fragment of the gene was also isolated on a 3.9-kb genomic subclone. Initial sequencing of a small section of the 19-kb fragment allowed the design of primers that were subsequently used in RTPCR experiments to show that this DNA is transcribed. A 277-bp fragment derived from the transcribed region was used to screen an A. nidulans cDNA library, resulting in the isolation of a 1.4-kb partial cDNA clone which had sequence overlap with the genomic sagA fragment. This partial cDNA was incomplete but appeared to contain the whole coding region of sagA. The sagA1 mutant was shown to possess two mutations; a G-T transversion and a+ 1 frameshift due to insertion of a T. causing disruption to the C-terminal region of the SagA protein. Translation of the sagA cDNA predicts a protein of 378 amino acids, which has homology to the Saccharomyces cerevisiae End3 protein and also to certain mammalian proteins capable of causing cell transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-8
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular and General Genetics MGG
Volume261
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1999

Keywords

  • Alkylating Agents
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Aspergillus nidulans
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA Damage
  • DNA, Fungal
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Genes, Fungal
  • Methylnitronitrosoguanidine
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid

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