vvd Is Required for Light Adaptation of Conidiation-Specific Genes of Neurospora crassa, but Not Circadian Conidiation
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con-10 and con-6 are two of the conidiation (con) genes of Neurospora crassa that were identified based on their preferential expression during macroconidiophore development. They are also regulated by several other environmental stimuli independent of development, including a transient induction by light. We identified an allele of vivid (vvd) in a mutant screen designed to obtain strains with altered expression of con-10. vvd mutants display enhanced carotenoid pigmentation in response to light. In addition, con-10 and con-6 show a heightened response to photoinduction. We tested the function of the light-responsive circadian clock in the vvd mutant and found no major defect in the circadian rhythm of conidiation or light regulation of a key clock component, frequency (frq). We conclude that vvd is primarily involved in a process of light-dependent gene repression, called light adaptation. Although a number of gene products are known to control light induction in fungi, vvd is the first gene shown to have a role in adaptation to constant light.
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Shrode, L. B., Lewis, Z. A., White, L. D., Bell-Pedersen, D., & Ebbole, D. J.