trichocysts, nuclear differentiation
Life and Medical Sciences
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
The mtFE mutation isolated in Paramecium tetraurelia affects mating type differentiation, trichocyst excretion, and viability. Its effect on mating type has already been shown to correspond to a restriction to the E mating type interpreted by an inefficiency of nuclear O-determining factors. In this paper we study the other two phenotypic characteristics whose hereditary transmission displays two unusual features. (1) In crosses between a wild-type strain and the mutant strain, the mutant characteristics do not reappear in F2 in the wild-type cytoplasmic lineage but only in F3 after the homozygous clones have undergone an additional nuclear reorganization. (2) Some F2 wild-type clones, in the mutant cytoplasmic lineage, retain some of the phenotypic characteristics of the mutant. We propose that the mtF gene product plays a role in the control of several macronuclearly differentiated functions.
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