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Mol Microbiol. 2008 Dec;70(6):1529-39. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2008.06506.x. Epub 2008 Oct 23.

Transcription regulation of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae PIS1 gene by inositol and the pleiotropic regulator, Ume6p.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA.


In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, transcription of most of the phospholipid biosynthetic genes (e.g. INO1, CHO1, CHO2 and OPI3) is repressed by growth in the presence of inositol and choline and derepressed in their absence. This regulation requires the Ino2p and Ino4p activators and the Opi1p repressor. The PIS1 structural gene is required for the synthesis of the essential lipid phosphatidylinositol. Previous reports show that PIS1 expression is uncoupled from inositol/choline regulation, but is regulated by carbon source, hypoxia and zinc. However, in this study we found that the expression of PIS1 is induced twofold by inositol. This regulation did not require Ino2p and Ino4p, although Ino4p was required for full expression. Ino4p is a basic helix-loop-helix protein that requires a binding partner. Curiously, none of the other basic helix-loop-helix proteins affected PIS1 expression. Inositol induction did require another general regulator of phospholipid biosynthesis, Ume6p. Ume6p was found to be a positive regulator of PIS1 gene expression. Ume6p, and several associated factors, were required for inositol-mediated induction and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis showed that Ume6p directly regulates PIS1 expression. Thus, we demonstrate novel regulation of the PIS1 gene by Ume6p.

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