Jun 2, 2016

Diverse genetic architectures lead to the same cryptic phenotype in a yeast cross

Nature Communications
Matthew B TaylorI M Ehrenreich


Cryptic genetic variants that do not typically influence traits can interact epistatically with each other and mutations to cause unexpected phenotypes. To improve understanding of the genetic architectures and molecular mechanisms that underlie these interactions, we comprehensively dissected the genetic bases of 17 independent instances of the same cryptic colony phenotype in a yeast cross. In eight cases, the phenotype resulted from a genetic interaction between a de novo mutation and one or more cryptic variants. The number and identities of detected cryptic variants depended on the mutated gene. In the nine remaining cases, the phenotype arose without a de novo mutation due to two different classes of higher-order genetic interactions that only involve cryptic variants. Our results may be relevant to other species and disease, as most of the mutations and cryptic variants identified in our study reside in components of a partially conserved and oncogenic signalling pathway.

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Conserved Sequence
CFC1 gene
Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal
Gene Mutation
Genome Mapping
De Novo Mutation
Genome, Fungal
Signal Pathways

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