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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2007 Jul;1773(7):1124-32. Epub 2007 Apr 13.

Probing the mechanism of FET3 repression by Izh2p overexpression.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, P.O. Box 117200, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.


We previously reported a role for the IZH2 gene product in metal ion metabolism. Subsequently, Izh2p was also identified as a member of the PAQR family of receptors and, more specifically, as the receptor for the plant protein osmotin. In this report, we investigate the effect of Izh2p on iron homeostasis. We show that overproduction of Izh2p prevents the iron-dependent induction of the Fet3p component of the high-affinity iron-uptake system and is deleterious for growth in iron-limited medium. We demonstrate that the effect of Izh2p requires cAMP-dependent kinase and AMP-dependent kinase and is not mediated by general inhibition of the Aft1p iron-responsive transcriptional activator. We also show that Izh2p-overproduction negatively regulates Nrg1p/Nrg2p- and Msn2p/Msn4p-dependent reporters. Furthermore, we show that the Nrg1p/Nrg2p and Msn2p/Msn4p pairs are epistatic to each other with respect to their effects on FET3 expression. Finally, we show that the mechanism by which PAQR receptors activate signal transduction pathways is likely to be conserved from yeast to humans.

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