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Published in the Archives of Biochemistry 23 (1949): 161-163. Copyright 1949, Elsevier. Used by permission.


The present work involves a further investigation of a Neurospora mutant, C-86, previously mentioned by Lein, Mitchell and Houlahan (1) as one that can utilize anthranilic acid, indole, tryptophan, kynurenine, 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid, and nicotinic acid as supplements for growth. Mutant C-86, when crossed to a “wild-type” strain, was found to differ from this wild type strain, with respect to tryptophan biosynthesis, by a mutation at a single locus. The evidence presented suggests the possibility of a common precursor to the aromatic amino acids.