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Cell Calcium. 2002 Aug;32(2):83-91.

Genome-wide analysis of yeast transcription upon calcium shortage.

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  • 1Dpto. Biología Celular y Molecular, Universidad de La Coruña, F. Ciencias, Campus de La Zapateira s/n 15075, La Coruña, Spain.


Several regulatory circuits related to important functions, like membrane excitation, immunoresponse, replication, control of the cell cycle and differentiation, among others, cause an increase in intracellular calcium level that finally has a consequence upon transcription of specific genes. The sequencing of the whole genome of eukaryotic cells enables genome-wide analysis of gene expression under many conditions not yet assessed by conventional methods. Using the array technology, the effect of calcium shortage in yeast cells was studied. Correspondence analysis of data showed that there is a response in transcription that is correlated to calcium shortage. The distribution of up-regulated-genes in functional categories suggests a regulatory connection between the cell-cycle progression and the energetic metabolic requirements for growth and division. In silico analysis of promoters reveals the frequent appearance of the Mlu I cell cycle box (MCB) cis element that binds the transcriptional regulatory factor Mcm1.

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