Repressible cation-phosphate symporters in Neurospora crassa. Academic Article uri icon


  • The filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa possesses two nonhomologous high-affinity phosphate permeases, PHO-4 and PHO-5. We have isolated separate null mutants of these permeases, allowing us to study the remaining active transporter in vivo in terms of phosphate uptake and sensitivity to inhibitors. The specificity for the cotransported cation differs for PHO-4 and PHO-5, suggesting that these permeases employ different mechanisms for phosphate translocation. Phosphate uptake by PHO-4 is stimulated 85-fold by the addition of Na+, which supports the idea that PHO-4 is a Na(+)-phosphate symporter. PHO-5 is unaffected by Na+ concentration but is much more sensitive to elevated pH than is PHO-4. Presumably, PHO-5 is a H(+)-phosphate symporter. Na(+)-coupled symport is usually associated with animal cells. The finding of such a system in a filamentous fungus is in harmony with the idea that the fungal and animal kingdoms are more closely related to each other than either is to the plant kingdom.

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Versaw, W. K., & Metzenberg, R. L.

citation count

  • 66

complete list of authors

  • Versaw, WK||Metzenberg, RL

publication date

  • April 1995