The abaA homologue of Penicillium marneffei participates in two developmental programmes: conidiation and dimorphic growth.
AR Borneman, MJ Hynes, A Andrianopoulos
Molecular Microbiology | Published : 2000
Penicillium marneffei is the only known species of its genus that is dimorphic. At 25 degrees C, P. marneffei exhibits true filamentous growth and undergoes asexual development producing spores borne on complex structures called conidiophores. At 37 degrees C, P. marneffei undergoes a dimorphic transition to produce uninucleate yeast cells that divide by fission. We have cloned a homologue of the Aspergillus nidulans abaA gene encoding an ATTS/TEA DNA-binding domain transcriptional regulator and shown that it is involved in both these developmental programs. Targeted deletion of abaA blocks asexual development at 25 degrees C before spore production, resulting in aberrant conidiophores with ..View full abstract