• Journal Article

2-Amino-N6-hydroxyadenine induces gene/point mutations and multiple-locus mutations, but not multilocus deletion mutations, in the ad-3 region of a two-component heterokaryon of Neurospora crassa

Citation

De Serres, F., Brockman, H. E., & Overton, L. (1991). 2-Amino-N6-hydroxyadenine induces gene/point mutations and multiple-locus mutations, but not multilocus deletion mutations, in the ad-3 region of a two-component heterokaryon of Neurospora crassa. Mutation Research, 253(1), 21-32.

Abstract

The mutagenicity of 2-amino-N6-hydroxyadenine (AHA) has been studied in Neurospora crassa by treating a two-component heterokaryon (H-12) and recovering specific-locus mutations induced in the ad-3 region. This assay system permits the identification of ad-3A and/or ad-3B mutants resulting from gene/point mutations, multilocus deletion mutations, and multiple-locus mutations of various genotypes, involving one or both loci. Genetic characterization of the ad-3 mutants recovered from experiments with AHA in H-12 shows that 98.9% (270/273) of the ad-3 mutants are gene/point mutations (ad-3R), 1.1% (3/270) are unknowns, and none is a multilocus deletion mutation (ad-3IR). Among the gene/point mutations, 3.3% (9/273) are multiple-locus mutations (gene/point mutations with a closely-linked recessive lethal mutation [ad-3R + RLCL]). Another 25.3% (69/273) are multiple-locus mutations with a recessive lethal mutation located elsewhere in the genome [ad-3R + RL]. Heterokaryon tests for allelic complementation among the ad-3BR mutants showed that 90.8% (139/153) of the mutants were complementing, and 20.3% (31/153) were leaky. In addition, 32.5% (38/117) of the ad-3AR mutants were leaky. These data are consistent with the hypothesis that AHA produces specific-locus mutations in the ad-3 region of N. crassa by base-pair substitution. The data from the present experiments are compared with the data for 2-aminopurine (2AP)-induced ad-3 mutants in H-12 (de Serres and Brockman, 1991). Whereas, 2AP is a weak mutagen in H-12, AHA is extremely potent (Brockman et al., 1987). In contrast with 2AP, AHA induces ad-3 mutants exclusively by gene/point mutation in H-12. We conclude that whereas AHA induces ad-3 mutants predominantly by AT to GC base-pair transitions, 2AP induces ad-3 mutants by a wide variety of mechanisms including: (1) AT to GC and GC to AT base-pair transitions, (2) frameshift mutations, (3) other, as yet unidentified, intragenic alterations, (4) small multilocus deletion mutations, and (5) multiple-locus ad-3R mutations with closely linked recessive lethal mutations