Isolation and Characterization of a Temperature-Sensitive Circadian Clock Mutant of Neurospora crassa

Louis W Morgan, Jerry F Feldman
1997 Genetics  
A new circadian clock mutant has been isolated in Neurospora crassa. This new mutation, called period-6 (pd-6), has two features novel to known clock mutations. First, the mutation is temperature sensitive. At restrictive temperatures (above 21°) the mutation shortens circadian period length from a wild-type value of 21.5 hr to 18 hr. At permissive temperatures (below 21°) the mutant has a 20.5-hr period length close to that of the wild-type strain. Second, the prd-6 mutation is epistatic to
more » ... previously isolated clock mutation period-2 (prd-2). This epistasis is unusual in that the prd-2 prd-6 double mutant strain has an 18-hr period length at both the restrictive and permissive temperatures. That is, the temperature-sensitive aspect of the phenotype of the prd-6 strain is lost in the prd-2 prd-6 double mutant strain. This suggests that the gene products of the prd-2 and prd-6 loci may interact physically and that the presence of a normal prd-2+ protein is required for low temperature to "rescue" the prd-6 mutant phenotype. These results, combined with our recent finding that prd-2 and some alleles of the frq gene show genetic synergy, suggest that it may be possible to establish a more comprehensive model of the Neurospora circadian clock.
doi:10.1093/genetics/146.2.525 fatcat:zqjnb2fytzbnxotyws5uuscns4