Mutations affecting mitotic recombination frequency in haploids and diploids of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans

Mol Gen Genet. 1975;137(2):109-23. doi: 10.1007/BF00341677.


A haploid strain of Asp. nidulans with a chromosome segment in duplicate (one in normal position on chromosome I, one translocated to chromosome II) shows mitotic recombination, mostly by conversion, in adE in a frequency slightly higher than in the equivalent diploid. A method has been devised, using this duplication, for the selection of rec and uvs mutations. Six rec mutations have been found which decrease recombination frequency in the haploid. One mutation selected as UV sensitive showed a hundred fold increase in recombination frequency in the haploid (pop mutation) and probably the same in diploids. The increased frequency is both in gene conversion and in crossing over, and the exchanges appear in clusters of two or more. pop is allelic to uvsB (Jansen, 1970) which had been found to affect mitotic but not meiotic recombination. It is suggested that mutations of this type interfere with the control mechanism which determines that high recombination is confirmed to the meiotic nuclei and avoided in somatic nuclei.

MeSH terms

  • Aspergillus nidulans / metabolism*
  • Aspergillus nidulans / radiation effects
  • Diploidy
  • Haploidy
  • Mutation*
  • Radiation Genetics
  • Recombination, Genetic*
  • Ultraviolet Rays