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Biochemistry. 1992 May 19;31(19):4729-35.

Effects of overexpression of phosphofructokinase on glycolysis in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Manchester, England.


The influence of 6-phosphofructo-1-kinase on glycolytic flux in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae was assessed by measuring the effects of enzyme overexpression on glucose consumption, ethanol production, and glycolytic intermediate levels under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Enzyme overexpression had no effect on glycolytic flux under anaerobic conditions, but under aerobic conditions, it increased glycolytic flux up to the anaerobic level. The Pasteur effect was thus abolished in these cells. The increased glycolytic flux was accompanied by a compensatory decrease in flux in oxidative phosphorylation. The concentrations of the enzyme substrates showed only small or insignificant changes. These data imply that the enzyme has a low flux control coefficient for glycolysis. However, in cells overexpressing the enzyme, there was a compensatory decrease in 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase activity which was accompanied by a corresponding decrease in fructose 2,6-bisphosphate concentration. Measurements in vitro showed that the decrease in the concentration of this positive allosteric effector of 6-phosphofructo-1-kinase could significantly lower its specific activity in the cell and that this could compensate for the increased enzyme concentration in the overproducer.

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