The double-joint polymerase chain reaction (DJ-PCR) is a technique that can be used to construct vectors for targeted genome integration without laborious subcloning steps. Here we report the availability of plasmids that facilitate DJ-PCR-based construction of Neurospora crassa tagging vectors. These plasmids allow the creation of green or red fluorescent protein (GFP or RFP) tagging vectors for protein localization studies, as well as split-yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) tagging vectors for bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) analyses. We have demonstrated the utility of each plasmid with the tagging of known meiotic silencing proteins. Microscopic analysis of the tagged strains indicates that SMS-2 and QIP form macromolecular complexes in the perinuclear region during meiosis.
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