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Mol Gen Genet. 1999 Mar;261(2):346-53.

YAP1 confers resistance to the fatty acid synthase inhibitor cerulenin through the transporter Flr1p in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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  • 1Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, CA 94609-1809, USA.


In this study, we utilized a genetic approach to identify genes which render yeast cells resistant to cerulenin (Cer), a potent and noncompetitive inhibitor of fatty acid synthase (FAS). Overexpression of the yeast transcription factor Yap1p was found to confer Cer resistance (CerR). This resistance was shown to be less pronounced in a strain deleted for YCF1, a multidrug resistance ABC transporter, supporting previous observations that implicated YCF1 in mediating CerR. However, isolation of YAP1 as a high-copy CerR gene in a ycf1delta strain suggested that YAP1-induced CerR was mediated by additional downstream effectors. Overexpression of neither glutathione reductase nor a predicted aryl alcohol dehydrogenase (the products of two YAP1-regulated genes involved in detoxification) conferred CerR. Overexpression of ATR1, another YAP1-regulated gene previously implicated in conferring resistance to a number of cytotoxic drugs, was also incapable of making cells resistant to Cer. In contrast, overexpression of Flr1p, a yeast transporter of the major facilitator superfamily which is also under the control of YAP1, was sufficient to confer CerR in an otherwise wild-type background. Moreover, CerR was markedly diminished in a strain deleted for FLR1. These findings implicate members of both of the transporter superfamilies involved in multiple drug resistance (MDR) in the acquisition of CerR in yeast. Furthermore, our studies indicate that yeast may be a useful model system in which to investigate the role of FAS in cancer biology and the effects of Cer on eukaryotic cell growth.

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