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FEMS Yeast Res. 2007 Dec;7(8):1350-61. Epub 2007 Sep 6.

Characterization of a novel tyrosine permease of lager brewing yeast shared by Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain RM11-1a.

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  • 1Suntory Research Center, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka, Japan.


In Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast, the uptake of aromatic amino acids is mediated by the relatively specific permeases Tat1p, Tat2p, Bap2p, and Bap3p, as well as by two other permeases with broader specificities: Gap1p and Agp1p. Here, a novel permease gene TAT3 (Tyrosine Amino acid Transporter) identified in the S. cerevisiae-type subset genome of the lager brewing yeast strain Weihenstephan Nr.34 (34/70) is reported. The TAT3 sequence was also found in the genome of S. cerevisiae strain RM11-1a, but not in S. cerevisiae strain S288C. Tat3p showed a significant similarity to Penicillium chrysogenum ArlP permease, which has transport activity for aromatic amino acids and leucine. When overexpressed in ssy1Delta gap1Delta mutant cells, Tat3p exhibited a tyrosine transport activity with an apparent K(m) of 160 microM. TAT3 transcription in lager brewing yeast was subjected to nitrogen catabolite repression in a manner similar to that of GAP1. Furthermore, the subcellular localization of Tat3p-green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion protein was dependent on the quality of the nitrogen source, indicating a post-translational control of Tat3p function.

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