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EMBO J. 1990 Oct;9(10):3225-32.

The adenylate cyclase/protein kinase cascade regulates entry into meiosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae through the gene IME1.

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Institute of Applied Microbiology, University of Tokyo, Japan.


Entry into meiosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells is regulated by starvation through the adenylate cyclase/cAMP-dependent protein kinase (AC/PK) pathway. The gene IME1 is also involved in starvation control of meiosis. Multicopy IME1 plasmids overcome the meiotic deficiency of bcy1 and of RASval19 diploids. Double mutants ime1 cdc25 and ime1 ras2 are sporulation deficient. These results suggest that IME1 comes after the AC/PK cascade. Furthermore, the level of IME1 transcripts is affected by mutations in the AC/PK genes CDC25, CYR1 and BCY1. Moreover, the addition of cAMP to a cyr1-2 diploid suppresses IME1 transcription. The presence in a bcy1 diploid of IME1 multicopy plasmids does not cure the failure of bcy1 cells to arrest as unbudded cells following starvation and to enter the G0 state (thermotolerance, synthesis of unique G0 proteins). This indicates that the pathway downstream of the AC/PK cascade branches to control meiosis through IME1, and to control entry into G0 and cell cycle initiation, independently of IME1.

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