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Curr Opin Microbiol. 1998 Apr;1(2):175-82.

Signal transduction by MAP kinase cascades in budding yeast.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, 44 Binney Street,Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Budding yeast contain at least four distinct MAPK (mitogen activated protein kinase) cascades that transduce a variety of intracellular signals: mating-pheromone response, pseudohyphal/invasive growth, cell wall integrity, and high osmolarity adaptation. Although each MAPK cascade contains a conserved set of three protein kinases, the upstream activation mechanisms for these cascades are diverse, including a trimeric G protein, monomeric small G proteins, and a prokaryotic-like two-component system. Recently, it became apparent that there is extensive sharing of signaling elements among the MAPK pathways; however, little undesirable cross-talk occurs between various cascades. The formation of multi-protein signaling complexes is probably centrally important for this insulation of individual MAPK cascades.

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