Mutation of an arginine biosynthesis gene causes reduced pathogenicity in Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. melonis

Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2001 Apr;14(4):580-4. doi: 10.1094/MPMI.2001.14.4.580.


Restriction enzyme-mediated integration (REMI) mutagenesis was used to tag genes required for pathogenicity of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. melonis. Of the 1,129 REMI transformants tested, 13 showed reduced pathogenicity on susceptible melon cultivars. One of the mutants, FMMP95-1, was an arginine auxotroph. Structural analysis of the tagged site in FMMP95-1 identified a gene, designated ARG1, which possibly encodes argininosuccinate lyase, catalyzing the last step for arginine biosynthesis. Complementation of FMMP95-1 with the ARG1 gene caused a recovery in pathogenicity, indicating that arginine auxotrophic mutation causes reduced pathogenicity in this pathogen.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arginine / biosynthesis*
  • Cucurbitaceae / microbiology
  • Fusarium / genetics
  • Fusarium / pathogenicity*
  • Genes, Fungal*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation*
  • Virulence / genetics


  • Arginine

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AB045736