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Acta Biochim Pol. 1998;45(4):935-40.

Yeast nuclear PET127 gene can suppress deletions of the SUV3 or DSS1 genes: an indication of a functional interaction between 3' and 5' ends of mitochondrial mRNAs.

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  • 1Department of Genetics, University of Warsaw, Poland.


Saccharomyces cerevisiae nuclear genes SUV3 and DSS1 encode putative RNA helicase and RNase II, respectively, which are subunits of the mitochondrial degradosome (mtEXO): a three-protein complex which has a 3' to 5' exoribonuclease activity and plays a major role in regulating stability of mitochondrial RNA. Lack of either of the two gene products results in a respiratory negative phenotype, while on the molecular level it causes a total block of mitochondrial translation, loss of the in vitro exoribonuclease activity and changes in stability and processing of many mtRNAs. We have found that the yeast nuclear gene PET127 present on a low or high copy number vector can effectively suppress the effects of the SUV3 or DSS1 gene disruptions. Since the product of the PET127 gene is involved in processing of the 5' ends of mitochondrial mRNAs, we suggest that there is a functional coupling between the 5' and 3' ends of mitochondrial mRNAs.

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