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Genome. 2011 Feb;54(2):99-109. doi: 10.1139/G10-101.

Comparative transcriptome analysis of yeast strains carrying slt2, rlm1, and pop2 deletions.

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  • 1Dpto. Bioloxía Celular e Molecular, Universidade da Coruña, F Ciencias, Campus da Zapateira s/n 15071, A Coruña, Spain.


The function of the genes SLT2 (encoding the Mpk1 protein), RLM1, and POP2 have previously been related to several stress responses in yeasts. DNA arrays have been used to identify differences among the transcriptomes of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae wild type strain and its derivative Δslt2, Δrlm1, and Δpop2 mutants. Correspondence analyses indicate that the vast majority of genes that show lower expression in Δrlm1 also show lower expression in Δslt2. In contrast, there is little overlap between the results of the transcriptome analyses of the Δpop2 strain and the Δslt2 or Δrlm1 strains. The DNA array data were validated by reverse Northern blotting and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIp). ChIp assays demonstrate Rlm1p binding to specific regions of the promoters of two genes that show expression differences between the Δrlm1 mutant and wild type strains. Interestingly, RLM1 deletion decreases the transcription of SLT2, encoding the Mpk1p kinase that phosphorylates Rlm1p, suggesting a feedback control in the signal transduction pathway. Also, deletion of RLM1 causes a decrease in the mRNA level of KDX1, which is paralogous to SLT2. In contrast, deletion of POP2 is accompanied by an increase of both SLT2 and KDX1 levels. We show that SLT2 mRNA increase in the Δpop2 strain is due to a decrease in RNA turnover, consistent with the expected loss of RNA-deadenylase activity in this strain.

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