Sex determination in Chlamydomonas

Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2007 Jun;18(3):350-61. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2007.02.006. Epub 2007 Feb 25.


The sex-determination system of the unicellular green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, is governed by genes in the mating-type (MT) locus and entails additional genes located in autosomes. Gene expression is initiated by nitrogen starvation, and cells differentiate into plus or minus gametes within 6h. Reviewed is our current understanding of gametic differentiation and fertilization, initiation of zygote development, and the uniparental inheritance of organelle genomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Chlamydomonas reinhardtii / genetics
  • Chlamydomonas reinhardtii / physiology*
  • Chloroplasts / physiology
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Genes, Protozoan
  • Protozoan Proteins / genetics
  • Protozoan Proteins / metabolism*
  • Reproduction


  • Protozoan Proteins