Mutations causing rapid development of Dictyostelium discoideum

Cell. 1977 Apr;10(4):703-8. doi: 10.1016/0092-8674(77)90104-0.


A mutation affecting the speed of slime mold development has been genetically analyzed. Strain FR17 carries a recessive mutation on linkage group IV. A selection procedure for isolating more mutants of this type has been developed and new mutations have been tested for complementation. The aberrant morphology of these strains can be partially corrected by development in the presence of glucose.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Dictyostelium / growth & development*
  • Genes, Recessive
  • Genetic Complementation Test
  • Genetic Linkage
  • Glucose / pharmacology
  • Histidine / pharmacology
  • Morphogenesis / drug effects
  • Mutation*
  • Myxomycetes / growth & development*
  • Spores, Fungal / growth & development
  • Temperature


  • Histidine
  • Glucose