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Mol Microbiol. 2000 May;36(3):651-61.

Expression of yeast INM1 encoding inositol monophosphatase is regulated by inositol, carbon source and growth stage and is decreased by lithium and valproate.

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  • 1Department of Biological Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202, USA.

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  • Mol Microbiol 2001 Jan;43(1):267.


Inositol monophosphatase plays a vital role in the de novo biosynthesis of inositol and in the phosphoinositide second messenger signalling pathway. We cloned the Saccharomyces cerevisiae open reading frame (ORF) YHR046c (termed INM1), which encodes inositol monophosphatase, characterized the protein Inm1p and analysed expression of the INM1 gene. INM1 was expressed in bacteria under the control of the lacZ promoter. The purified protein has inositol monophosphatase activity that is inhibited by the antibipolar drug lithium, but not valproate. In the inm1Delta:URA3 null mutant, inositol monophosphatase activity was reduced but not eliminated. The disruption had little effect on growth in the presence of lithium or valproate and no effect on growth in the absence of inositol. To characterize the regulation of INM1, we examined the effects of inositol, carbon source, growth phase, and the antibipolar drugs lithium and valproate on INM1 expression using an INM1-lacZ reporter gene. Unlike all other phospholipid biosynthetic enzyme-encoding genes studied, which contain the UASINO regulatory element, INM1 expression is increased in the presence of inositol. In addition, INM1 expression was repressed during growth in glycerol and derepressed as glucose-grown cells entered stationary. Both lithium and valproate, which cause a decrease in intracellular inositol, effect a decrease in INM1 expression. A model is presented to account for regulation of INM1 expression.

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