Purine base transport in Neurospora crassa. Academic Article uri icon


  • Observations presented in this paper point to the presence of dual transport mechanisms for the base adenine in Neurospora crassa. Competition for transport, as well as growth inhibition studies using an ad-1 auxotroph, show that the purine bases adenine, guanine, and hypoxanthine share at least one transport mechanism which is insensitive to adenosine, cytosine, and a variety of other purine base analogues. On the other hand, uptake of adenine by an ad-8 mutant strain unable to transport [8-14C]hypoxanthine at any concentration was not inhibited by guanine or hypoxanthine. This observation demonstrates the existence of an adenine-specific transport system which was also found to be insensitive to inhibition by other purine base analogues, adenosine or cytosine. Recombination analysis of ad-8 by wild-type crosses showed that the inability to transport [8-14C]hypoxanthine was a consequence of the ad-8 lesion or a closely linked mutation. Saturation plots of each system gave intermediary plateaus and nonlinear reciprocal plots which, based on comparison with pure enzyme kinetic analysis, suggest that either each system consists of two or more uptake systems, at least one of which exhibits cooperativity, or that each system is a single uptake mechanism which possesses more than two binding sites where the relative affinity for the purine base first decreases and then increases as the sites are filled.

published proceedings

  • J Bacteriol

author list (cited authors)

  • Magill, J. M., & Magill, C. W.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Magill, JM||Magill, CW

publication date

  • October 1975