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Curr Genet. 2009 Apr;55(2):111-25. doi: 10.1007/s00294-009-0228-z. Epub 2009 Jan 28.

Functional characterization of ribosomal protein L15 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden.


In this study we provide general information on the little studied eukaryotic ribosomal protein rpL15. Saccharomyces cerevisiae has two genes, YRPL15A and YRPL15B that could potentially code for yeast rpL15 (YrpL15). YRPL15A is essential while YRPL15B is dispensable. However, a plasmid-borne copy of the YRPL15B gene, controlled by the GAL1 promoter or by the promoter controlling expression of the YRPL15A gene, can functionally complement YrpL15A in yeast cells, while the same gene controlled by the authentic promoter is inactive. Analysis of the levels of YrpL15B-mRNA in yeast cells shows that the YRPL15B gene is inactive in transcription. The function of YrpL15A is highly resilient to single and multiple amino acid substitutions. In addition, minor deletions from both the N- and C-terminal ends of YrpL15A has no effect on protein function, while addition of a C-terminal tag that could be used for detection of plasmid-encoded YrpL15A is detrimental to protein function. YrpL15A could also be replaced by the homologous protein from Arabidopsis thaliana despite almost 30% differences in the amino acid sequence, while the more closely related protein from Schizosaccharomyces pombe was inactive. The lack of function was not caused by a failure of the protein to enter the yeast nucleus.

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