The tamA gene of Aspergillus nidulans contains a putative zinc cluster motif which is not required for gene function.
MA Davis, AJ Small, S Kourambas, MJ Hynes
Journal of Bacteriology | Published : 1996
Expression of many nitrogen catabolic enzymes is controlled by nitrogen metabolite repression in Aspergillus nidulans. Although the phenotypes of tamA mutants have implicated this gene in nitrogen regulation, its function is unknown. We have cloned the tamA gene by complementation of a new tamA allele. The tamA sequence shares significant homology with the UGA35/DAL81/DURL gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In vitro mutagenesis of sequences encoding a putative zinc cluster DNA binding domain indicated that this motif is not required for in vivo TamA function.