Development of primer sets designed for use with the PCR to amplify conserved genes from filamentous ascomycetes

Appl Environ Microbiol. 1995 Apr;61(4):1323-30. doi: 10.1128/aem.61.4.1323-1330.1995.


We constructed nine sets of oligonucleotide primers on the basis of the results of DNA hybridization of cloned genes from Neurospora crassa and Aspergillus nidulans to the genomes of select filamentous ascomycetes and deuteromycetes (with filamentous ascomycete affiliations). Nine sets of primers were designed to amplify segments of DNA that span one or more introns in conserved genes. PCR DNA amplification with the nine primer sets with genomic DNA from ascomycetes, deuteromycetes, basidiomycetes, and plants revealed that five of the primer sets amplified a product only from DNA of the filamentous ascomycetes and deuteromycetes. The five primer sets were constructed from the N. crassa genes for histone 3, histone 4, beta-tubulin, and the plasma membrane ATPase. With these five primer sets, polymorphisms were observed in both the size of and restriction enzyme sites in the amplified products from the filamentous ascomycetes. The primer sets described here may provide useful tools for phylogenetic studies and genome analyses in filamentous ascomycetes and deuteromycetes (with ascomycete affiliations), as well as for the rapid differentiation of fungal species by PCR.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ascomycota / classification
  • Ascomycota / genetics*
  • Aspergillus nidulans / genetics
  • Base Sequence
  • Basidiomycota / genetics
  • Conserved Sequence
  • DNA Primers / genetics*
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Gene Amplification
  • Genes, Bacterial*
  • Mitosporic Fungi / classification
  • Mitosporic Fungi / genetics
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neurospora crassa / genetics
  • Phylogeny
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods*
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length


  • DNA Primers
  • DNA, Bacterial