Rapid hypothesis testing with Candida albicans through gene disruption with short homology regions

R. Bryce Wilson, Dana Davis, Aaron P. Mitchell

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Abstract

Disruption of newly identified genes in the pathogen Candida albicans is a vital step in determination of gene function. Several gene disruption methods described previously employ long regions of homology flanking a selectable marker. Here, we describe disruption of C. albicans genes with PCR products that have 50 to 60 bp of homology to a genomic sequence on each end of a selectable marker. We used the method to disrupt two known genes, ARG5 and ADE2, and two sequences newly identified through the Candida genome project, HRM101 and ENX3. HRM101 and ENX3 are homologous to genes in the conserved RIM101 (previously called RIM1) and PacC pathways of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Aspergillus nidulans. We show that three independent hrm101/hrm101 mutants and two independent enx3/enx3 mutants are defective in filamentation on Spider medium. These observations argue that HRM101 and ENX3 sequences are indeed portions of genes and that the respective gene products have related functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1868-1874
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of bacteriology
Volume181
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1999

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