An examination of adaptive reversion in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Reversion to Lys+ prototrophy in a haploid yeast strain containing a defined lys2 frameshift mutation has been examined. When cells were plated on synthetic complete medium lacking only lysine, the numbers of Lys+ revertant colonies accumulated in a time-dependent manner in the absence of any detectable increase in cell number. An examination of the distribution of the numbers of early appearing Lys+ colonies from independent cultures suggests that the mutations to prototrophy occurred randomly during nonselective growth. In contrast, an examination of the distribution of late appearing Lys+ colonies indicates that the underlying reversion events occurred after selective plating. No accumulation of Lys+ revertants occurred when cells were starved for tryptophan, leucine or both lysine and tryptophan prior to plating selectively for Lys+ revertants. These results indicate that mutations accumulate more frequently when they confer a selective advantage, and are thus consistent with the occurrence of adaptive mutations in yeast.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Steele, DF; Jinks-Robertson, S

Published Date

  • September 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 132 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 9 - 21

PubMed ID

  • 1398066

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1205133

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0016-6731

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/genetics/132.1.9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States