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Yeast Mating Type

  1. Beth A Montelone

Published Online: 26 MAR 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000598



How to Cite

Montelone, B. A. 2003. Yeast Mating Type. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2003

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Yeast mating type is determined by alleles of a single genetic locus that encodes regulatory proteins governing genes encoding mating pheromones, pheromone receptors and downstream effectors regulating cell type. Some yeast are capable of switching mating type, a process involving gene replacement by information from silenced copies of the mating type locus found elsewhere in the genome.


  • mating type;
  • sterile mutants;
  • mating type switching;
  • cell cycle;
  • signal transduction