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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2004 Sep 6;1674(1):98-102.

Inactivation of endopolyphosphatase gene PPN1 results in inhibition of expression of exopolyphosphatase PPX1 and high-molecular-mass exopolyphosphatase not encoded by PPX1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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  • 1Skryabin Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Moscow Region 142290, Russia.


Saccharomyces cerevisiae possesses multiple forms of exopolyphosphatases, the enzymes involved in the metabolism of inorganic polyphosphates, which are important regulatory compounds. In S. cerevisiae, inactivation of endopolyphosphatase gene PPN1 leads to the inhibition of expression of both exopolyphosphatase PPX1 and high-molecular-mass exopolyphosphatase of approximately 1000 kDa not encoded by PPX1. In the single endopolyphosphatase mutant CRN, the expression of exopolyphosphatase PPX1 decreases 6.5-fold and 2.5-fold at the stationary and exponential growth phases, respectively, as compared with the parent strain CRY. In this mutant, the activity of the high-molecular-mass exopolyphosphatase of approximately 1000 kDa decreases approximately 10-fold as compared with that in strains with the PPN1 gene. In a double mutant of PPX1 and PPN1, no exopolyphosphatase activity is detected in the cytosol at the stationary growth phase. Thus, the exopolyPase activity in cell cytosol depends on the endopolyPase gene PPN1.

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