Sexual reproduction allows eukaryotic organisms to produce genetically diverse progeny. This process relies on meiosis, a reductional division that enables ploidy maintenance and genetic recombination. Meiotic differentiation also involves the renewal of cell functioning to promote offspring rejuvenation. Research in the model fungus Podospora anserina has shown that this process involves a complex regulation of the function and dynamics of different organelles, including peroxisomes. These organelles are critical for meiosis induction and play further significant roles in meiotic development. Here we show that PEX13-a key constituent of the protein conduit through which the proteins defining peroxisome function reach into the organelle-is subject to a developmental regulation that almost certainly involves its selective ubiquitination-dependent removal and that modulates its abundance throughout meiotic development and at different sexual differentiation processes. Our results show that meiotic development involves a complex developmental regulation of the peroxisome protein translocation system.
Keywords: Podospora; filamentous fungi; meiosis; organelle protein import; peroxisomes; sexual development.