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Genetic Dissection of Sexual Reproduction in a Primary Homothallic Basidiomycete

June 21, 2016

Genetic Dissection of Sexual Reproduction in a Primary Homothallic Basidiomycete

Some fungi are capable of sexual reproduction without the need for a sexually compatible partner, a behavior called homothallism. Márcia David-Palma and colleagues examine in detail the homothallic sexual cycle of the yeast Phaffia rhodozyma that belongs to the Basidiomycota, which is the fungal lineage that also includes the mushrooms.

Image credit: Márcia David-Palma and colleagues

The Language of Genetics In the Interviews of Jane Gitschier

A thank you from the Editors-in-Chief and PLOS Genetics to Jane Gitschier as she steps down as Interviews Editor.

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OVATE Family Protein 8 Positively Mediates Brassinosteroid Signaling through Interacting with the GSK3-like Kinase in Rice

OVATE family proteins (OFPs) are characterized as plant-specific transcription factors and mainly function in affecting fruit shape. Chao Yang and colleagues report in rice that OsOFP8 plays a positive role in Brassinosteroids signaling pathway by interacting with OsGKS2, a negative regulator in BR signaling pathway.

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OVATE Family Protein 8 Positively Mediates Brassinosteroid Signaling through Interacting with the GSK3-like Kinase in Rice

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Cavin4b/Murcb Is Required for Skeletal Muscle Development and Function in Zebrafish

Caveolae are known to be important in forming muscle-specific membrane structures. Two classes of proteins help form caveolae: Caveolins and Cavins. Michael Housley and colleagues investigate how Cavins function in skeletal muscle development by generating a Cavin4b/Murcb deficient zebrafish.

Cavin4b/Murcb Is Required for Skeletal Muscle Development and Function in Zebrafish

Image credit: Michael Housley and colleagues