The Aspergillus uvsH gene encodes a product homologous to yeast RAD18 and Neurospora UVS-2

Mol Gen Genet. 1995 Jul 28;248(2):174-81. doi: 10.1007/BF02190798.


The uvsH DNA repair gene of Aspergillus nidulans has been cloned by complementation of the uvsH77 mutation with a cosmid library containing genomic DNA inserts from a wild-type strain. Methylmethane sulfonate (MMS)-resistant transformants were obtained on medium containing 0.01% MMS, to which uvsH mutants exhibit high sensitivity. Retransformation of uvsH77 mutants with the rescued cosmids from the MMS-resistant transformants resulted in restoration of both UV and MMS resistance to wild-type levels. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the genomic DNA and cDNA of the uvsH gene shows that it has an open reading frame (ORF) of 1329 bp, interrupted by two introns of 51 and 61 bp. A 2.4 kb transcript of the uvsH gene was detected by Northern blot analysis. Primer extension analysis revealed that transcription starts at 31 bp upstream from the translation initiation codon. This gene encodes a predicted polypeptide of 443 amino acids, which has two unique zinc finger motifs. The proposed polypeptide displays 39% identity to the Neurospora crassa UVS-2 protein and 24% identity to the Saccharomyces cerevisiae RAD18 protein. The sequence similarity is particularly high in three domains. One zinc finger (RING finger) motif is located in the first domain close to the N-terminus. The other zinc finger motif is in the second domain. In the third domain, the mutation sites in both the uvsH77 and uvsH304 alleles were identified.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Aspergillus nidulans / chemistry
  • Aspergillus nidulans / genetics*
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Conserved Sequence
  • DNA Repair
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / chemistry
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • Fungal Proteins / chemistry*
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics
  • Genes, Fungal*
  • Genetic Complementation Test
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutagenesis
  • Point Mutation
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Zinc Fingers / genetics


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Fungal Proteins
  • RAD18 protein, S cerevisiae
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • UvsH protein, Aspergillus nidulans
  • uvs-2 protein, Neurospora crassa

Associated data

  • GENBANK/S79392