Editor: Richard Staples
Telomeres in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae: the world of the end as we know it
Version of Record online: 4 JUL 2007
FEMS Microbiology Letters
Volume 273, Issue 2, pages 125–132, August 2007
How to Cite
Farman, M. L. (2007), Telomeres in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae: the world of the end as we know it. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 273: 125–132. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2007.00812.x
- Issue online: 4 JUL 2007
- Version of Record online: 4 JUL 2007
- Received 20 April 2007; revised 25 April 2007; accepted 26 April 2007.First published online 4 July 2007.
The subtelomeres of many microbial eukaryotes are highly enriched in genes with roles in niche adaptation. Host and cultivar specificity genes in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae also tend to be located near telomeres. In addition, the M. oryzae telomeres are highly variable chromosome regions. These observations suggested that plant pathogenic fungi might also use subtelomere regions for the amplification of genes with adaptive significance. Targeted sequencing of the M. oryzae telomeres provided an opportunity to test this hypothesis, and has yielded valuable insights into the organization and dynamics of these important chromosome regions.