DOI: 10.1101/488486Dec 5, 2018Paper

Genetics of adaptation of the ascomycetous fungus Podospora anserina to submerged cultivation

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Olga A KudryavtsevaAlexey S Kondrashov


Podospora anserina is a model ascomycetous fungus which shows pronounced phenotypic senescence when grown on solid medium but possesses unlimited lifespan under submerged cultivation. In order to study the genetic aspects of adaptation of P. anserina to submerged cultivation, we initiated a long-term evolution experiment. In the course of the first four years of the experiment, 125 single-nucleotide substitutions and 23 short indels were fixed in eight independently evolving populations. Six proteins that affect fungal growth and development evolved in more than one population; in particular, the G-protein alpha subunit FadA evolved in seven out of eight experimental populations. Parallel evolution at the level of genes and pathways, an excess of nonsense and missense substitutions, and an elevated conservation of proteins and their sites where the changes occurred suggest that many of the observed allele replacements were adaptive and driven by positive selection.

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