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Methods Mol Biol. 2011;759:501-23. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-173-4_28.

Contributions of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to understanding mammalian gene function and therapy.

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Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.


Due to its genetic tractability and ease of manipulation, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been extensively used as a model organism to understand how eukaryotic cells grow, divide, and respond to environmental changes. In this chapter, we reasoned that functional annotation of novel genes revealed by sequencing should adopt an integrative approach including both bioinformatics and experimental analysis to reveal functional conservation and divergence of complexes and pathways. The techniques and resources generated for systems biology studies in yeast have found a wide range of applications. Here we focused on using these technologies in revealing functions of genes from mammals, in identifying targets of novel and known drugs and in screening drugs targeting specific proteins and/or protein-protein interactions.

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