Suppression mechanisms: themes from variations

Trends Genet. 1999 Jul;15(7):261-6. doi: 10.1016/s0168-9525(99)01749-7.


Suppressor analysis is a commonly used strategy to identify functional relationships between genes that might not have been revealed through other genetic or biochemical means. Many mechanisms that explain the phenomenon of genetic suppression have been described, but the wide variety of possible mechanisms can present a challenge to defining the relationship between a suppressor and the original gene. This article provides a broad framework for classifying suppression mechanisms and describes a series of genetic tests that can be applied to determine the most likely mechanism of suppression.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Humans
  • Mutagenesis
  • Proteins / genetics
  • Repressor Proteins / physiology*


  • Proteins
  • Repressor Proteins