Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 244, Issue 5, pp 539–547 | Cite as

ThePenicillium chrysogenum andAspergillus nidulans wetA developmental regulatory genes are functionally equivalent

  • Rolf A. Prade
  • William E. Timberlake
Original Paper


Aspergillus nidulans andPenicillium chrysogenum are related fungi that reproduce asexually by forming multicellular conidiophores and uninucleate conidia. InA. nidulans, spore maturation is controlled by thewetA (AwetA) regulatory gene. We cloned a homologous gene (PwetA) fromP. chrysogenum to determine if spore maturation is regulated by a similar mechanism in this species. ThePwetA andAwetA genes are similar in structure and functional organization. The inferred polypeptides share 77% overall amino acid sequence similarity, with several regions having > 85% similarity. The genes also had significant, local sequence similarities in their 5′ flanking regions, including conserved binding sites for the product of the regulatory geneabaA.PwetA fully complemented anA. nidulans wetA deletion mutation, demonstrating thatPwetA and its 5′ regulatory sequences function normally inA. nidulans. These results indicate that the mechanisms controlling sporulation inA. nidulans andP. chrysogenum are evolutionarily conserved.

Key words

Aspergillus nidulans Penicillium chrysogenum wetA Regulatory gene Sporulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf A. Prade
    • 1
  • William E. Timberlake
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of GeneticsUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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