Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 107, Issue 2, pp 97–106 | Cite as

Pyrimidine-requiring suppressor mutations of Arginine-3 in Neurospora and their bearing on the structure of the Pyrimidine-3 locus

  • Alan Radford


The acridine ICR-170 was used to study the bifunctional pyr-3 locus, which specifies carbamyl phosphate synthetase (CPS) and aspartate transcarbamylase (ATC) activities. Both spontaneous and ICR-170-induced mutants were selected as suppressors of the arginine requirement of. an arg-3 mutation. One of the ICR-170-induced CPS+ATC- mutants was identified, by reversion analysis, as a frame shift. This mutant, a second CPS+-ATC- frame shift, and several other new CPS+ATC- alleles, were integrated into the complementation map of the locus produced by a thorough reanalysis of ten previously existing CPS+-ATC- alleles. KS36, a CPS-ATC- frame shift allele which had previously been shown to map very close to certain CPS+ATC- alleles was studied by an experiment designed to select partial revertants to CPS+ATC-, as it was thought that a frame shift in the normalle ATC-specific translation-distal end of the locus might destroy both functions. Failure to recover such partial revertants indicates that the site of KS36 is unlikely to be located in the distal ATC-specific region of the locus, and that earlier recombination data showing it to be distal to the CPS+-ATC- allele KS43 are probably incorrect. The general applicability of partial reversion analysis of complex loci is discussed.


Aspartate Recombination Arginine Acridine General Applicability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Radford
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanford

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