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Sex in Fungi

Molecular Determination and Evolutionary Implications

Publication Date:
August 27, 2007
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572 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    An invaluable resource that will guide new research on the major groups within the fungal kingdom.

    • Provides illuminating insights into the molecular details of cell-type specification, mating-type switching, pheromone perception and signaling, and cellular and nuclear fusion.
    • Includes chapters on both model and pathogenic fungi, as well as a section that looks forward to what we hope to learn in other fungal lineages.
    • Concludes with a selection of chapters on the implications of sex and studies of experimental evolution in a broader evolutionary context.



    This title is published by the American Society of Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.

  • Contents

    Table of Contents Dedication: Ira Herskowitz Appreciation: John and Cardy Raper I. General Principles 1. The Evolution of MAT: the Ascomycetes, Geraldine Butler 2. Evolution of the Mating-Type Locus: the Basidiomycetes, James A. Fraser, Yen-Ping Hsueh, Keisha M. Findley, and Joseph Heitman 3. Mechanisms of Homothallism in Fungi and Transitions between Heterothallism and Homothallism, Xiaorong Lin and Joseph Heitman 4. Mating Type Locus Control of Cell Identity, Brynne C. Stanton and Christina M. Hull 5. Rewiring Transcriptional Circuitry: Mating-Type Regulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans as a Model for Evolution, Annie E. Tsong, Brian B. Tuch, and Alexander D. Johnson II. Ascomycetes: From Model Yeasts to Plant and Human Pathogens 6. Cochliobolus and Podospora: Mechanisms of Sex Determination and the Evolution of Reproductive Lifestyle, B. Gillian Turgeon and Robert Debuchy 7. Sexual Reproduction and Significance of MAT in the Aspergilli, Paul S. Dyer 8. The mat Genes of Schizosaccharomyces pombe: Expression, Homothallic Switch, and Silencing, Olaf Nielsen and Richard Egel 9. Decisions, Decisions: Donor Preference during Budding Yeast Mating-Type Switching, James E. Haber 10. MAT and Its Role in the Homothallic Ascomycete Sordaria macrospora, Stefanie Pöggeler 11. Evolution of Silencing at the Mating-Type Loci in Hemiascomycetes, Laura N. Rusche and Meleah A. Hickman 12. The Evolutionary Implications of an Asexual Lifestyle Manifested by Penicillium marneffei, Matthew C. Fisher III. Ascomycetes: the Candida MAT Locus and Related Topics 13. MAT, Mating, Switching, and Pathogenesis in Candida albicans, Candida dubliniensis, and Candida glabrata, David R. Soll and Karla J. Daniels 14. Evolution of MAT in the Candida Species Complex: Sex, Ploidy, and Complete Sexual Cycles in C. lusitaniae, C. guilliermondii, and C. krusei, Jennifer L. Reedy and Joseph Heitman 15. Ascomycetes: the Candida MAT Locus: Comparing MAT in the Genomes of Hemiascomycetous Yeasts, Hélo?se Muller, Christophe Hennequin, Bernard Dujon, and Cécile Fairhead IV. Basidiomycetes: the Mushrooms 16. Cloning the Mating-Type Genes of Schizophyllum commune: a Historical Perspective, Mary M. Stankis and Charles A. Specht 17. The Origin of Multiple Mating Types in the Model Mushrooms Coprinopsis cinerea and Schizophyllum commune, Lorna A. Casselton and Ursula Kües 18. Pheromones and Pheromone Receptors in Schizophyllum commune Mate Recognition: a Retrospective of a Half-Century of Progress and a Look Ahead, Thomas J. Fowler and Lisa J. Vaillancourt 19. Analysis of Mating-Type Locus Organization and Synteny in Mushroom Fungi: Beyond Model Species, Timothy Y. James 20. Dikaryons, Diploids, and Evolution, James B. Anderson and Linda M. Kohn V. Basidiomycetes: Plant and Animal Pathogenic Yeasts 21. History of the Mating Types in Ustilago maydis, Flora Banuett 22. Mating in the Smut Fungi: from a to b to the Downstream Cascades, Regine Kahmann and Jan Schirawski 23. Bipolar and Tetrapolar Mating Systems in the Ustilaginales, Guus Bakkeren and James W. Kronstad VI. Zygomycetes, Chytridiomycetes, and Oomycetes: the Frontiers of Knowledge 24. Sex in the Rest: Mysterious Mating in the Chytridiomycota and Zygomycota, Alexander Idnurm, Timothy Y. James, and Rytas Vilgalys 25. How the Genome Is Organized in the Glomeromycota, Teresa E. Pawlowska 26. Trisporic Acid and Mating in Zygomycetes, Johannes Wöstemeyer and Christine Schimek 27. Sexual Reproduction in Plant Pathogenic Oomycetes: Biology and Impact on Disease, Howard S. Judelson VII. The Implications of Sex 28. Origin, Evolution, and Extinction of Asexual Fungi: Experimental Tests Using Cryptococcus neoformans, Jianping Xu 29. Sex in Natural Populations of Cryptococcus gattii, Dee Carter, Nathan Saul, Leona Campbell, Tien Bui, and Mark Krockenberger 30. Why Bother with Sex? Answers from Experiments with Yeast and Other Organisms, Matthew R. Goddard 31. Ploidy and the Sexual Yeast Genome in Theory, Nature, and Experiment, Clifford Zeyl 32. Why Sex Is Good: on Fungi and Beyond, Duur K. Aanen and Rolf F. Hoekstra