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Research Project: Integrated Strategies for Advanced Management of Fruit, Nut, and Oak Tree Diseases

Location: Crops Pathology and Genetics Research

Title: A self-excising beta-recombinase/six cassette for repetitive gene deletion and homokaryon purification in Neurospora crassa

Author
item SZEWCZYK, EDYTA - University Of California
item Kasuga, Takao
item FAN, ZHILIANG - University Of California

Submitted to: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/18/2014
Publication Date: 5/18/2014
Publication URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167701214000475#
Citation: Szewczyk, E., Kasuga, T., Fan, Z. 2014. A self-excising beta-recombinase/six cassette for repetitive gene deletion and homokaryon purification in Neurospora crassa. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 91(100):17-23.

Interpretive Summary: A plant decomposing fungus, Neurospora crassa, has been used for the study of biochemistry and cellular biology. We have previously reported a molecular biological method, which allows us to sequentially manipulate genes to create desirable genotypes. In this study, we have further modified and improve efficiency and selectivity of the genetic manipulation strategy. This method is highly valuable for bioengineering as well as functional genomics study, and applicable to genetic study of devastating plant pathogenic fungi.

Technical Abstract: In a previous study we developed a cassette employing a bacterial beta-recombinase acting on six recognition sequences (beta-rec/six), which allowed repetitive site-specific gene deletion and marker recycling in Neurospora crassa. However, only one positive selection marker was used in the cassette. A subsequent procedure is needed to purify homokaryons due to the lack of a negative selection after eviction. Additionally, the xylanase promoter from Penicillium chrysogenum used in the construct is not strongly regulated in N. crassa, which led to low efficiency in cassette eviction. Herein we report an improved variant of the self-excising beta-recombinase/six cassette for repetitive gene deletion in N. crassa using a native xylanase promoter from N. crassa, plus the introduction of a bidirectional selection marker to facilitate homokaryon selection using a thymidine kinase (tk) gene.