Analysis of the galactose signal transduction pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Interaction between Gal3p and Gal80p

Tomoko Suzuki-Fujimoto, Mariko Fukuma, Ken Ichi Yano, Hiroshi Sakurai, Alin Vonika, Stephen Albert Johnston, Toshio Fukasawa

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Abstract

The GAL3 gene plays a critical role in galactose induction of the GAL genes that encode galactose-metabolizing enzymes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Defects in GAL3 result in a long delay in GAL gene induction, and overproduction of Gal3p causes constitutive expression of GAL. Here we demonstrate that concomitant overproduction of the negative regulator, Gal80p, and Gal3p suppresses this constitutive GAL expression. This interplay between Gal80p and Gal3p is direct, as tagged Gal3p coimmunoprecipitated with Gal80p. The amount of coprecipitated Gal80p increased when GAL80 yeast cells were grown in the presence of galactose. When both GAL80 and GAL3 were overexpressed, the amount of coprecipitated Gal80p was not affected by galactose. Tagged gal3 mutant proteins bound to purified Gal80p, but only poorly in comparison with the wild type, suggesting that formation of the Gal80p-Gal3p complex depends on the normal function of Gal3p. Gal3p appeared larger in Western blots (immunoblots) than predicted by the published nucleic acid sequence. Reexamination of the DNA sequence of GAL3 revealed several mistakes, including an extension at the 3' end of another predicted 97 amino acids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2504-2508
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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