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Yeast. 2006 Mar;23(4):279-91.

Regulation of cardiolipin synthase levels in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas-Houston, Medical School, Houston, TX 77225, USA.


The Saccharomyces cerevisiae cardiolipin (CL) synthase encoded by the CRD1 gene catalyses the synthesis of CL, which is localized to the inner mitochondrial membrane and plays an important role in mitochondrial function. To investigate how CRD1 expression is regulated, a lacZ reporter gene was placed under control of the CRD1 promoter and the 5'-untranslated region of its mRNA (P(CRD1)-lacZ). P(CRD1)-lacZ expression was 2.5 times higher in early stationary phase than in logarithmic phase for glucose grown cells. Non-fermentable growth resulted in a two-fold elevation in expression relative to glucose grown cells. A shift from glycerol to glucose rapidly repressed expression, whereas a shift from glucose to glycerol had the opposite effect. The derepression of P(CRD1)-lacZ expression by non-fermentable carbon sources was dependent on mitochondrial respiration. These results support a tight coordination between translation and transcription of the CRD1 gene, since similar effects by the above factors on CRD1 mRNA levels have been reported. In glucose-grown cells, P(CRD1)-lacZ expression was repressed 70% in a pgs1delta strain (lacks phosphatidylglycerol and CL) compared with wild-type and rho- cells and elevated 2.5-fold in crd1delta cells, which have increased phosphatidylglycerol levels, suggesting a role for phosphatidylglycerol in regulating CRD1 expression. Addition of inositol to the growth medium had no effect on expression. However, expression was elevated in an ino4delta mutant but not in ino2delta cells, suggesting multiple and separate functions for the inositol-responsive INO2/INO4 gene products, which normally function as a dimer in regulating gene function.

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