Indexed on: 28 Feb '02Published on: 28 Feb '02Published in: Fungal Genetics and Biology
In genetic crosses, HC-toxin production in the filamentous fungus Cochliobolus carbonum appears to be controlled by a single locus, TOX2. At the molecular level, TOX2 is composed of at least seven duplicated and coregulated genes involved in HC-toxin biosynthesis, export, and regulation. All copies of four of the TOX2 genes were previously mapped within a 540-kb stretch of DNA in strain SB111. Subsequently, an additional three TOX2 genes, TOXE, TOXF, and TOXG, have been discovered. In this paper we have mapped all copies of the new genes, a total of seven, and show that except for one of the two copies of TOXE, which was previously shown to be on a chromosome of 0.7 Mb in strain SB111, they are all linked to the previously known TOX2 genes within approximately 600 kb of each other on a chromosome of 3.5 Mb. We show here that this chromosome also contains at least one non-TOX2 gene, EXG2, which encodes an exo-beta1,3-glucanase. EXG2 is still present in strains that have undergone spontaneous deletion of up to approximately 1.4 Mb of the 3.5-Mb chromosome. The results contribute to our understanding of the complex organization of the genes involved in HC-toxin biosynthesis and are consistent with the hypothesis that a reciprocal chromosomal translocation accounts for the pattern of distribution of the TOX2 genes in different C. carbonum isolates.