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Can J Microbiol. 2012 Jun;58(6):694-702. doi: 10.1139/w2012-040. Epub 2012 May 14.

Absence of anionic phospholipids in Kluyveromyces lactis cells is fatal without F1-catalysed ATP hydrolysis.

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Department of Microbiology and Virology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina B-2, Bratislava 842 15, Slovak Republic.


We have shown in previous research that the loss of phosphatidylglycerol and cardiolipin caused by disruption of the PGS1 gene is lethal for the petite-negative yeast Kluyveromyces lactis . This present study demonstrates the role and mechanism of atp2.1 in the suppression of pgs1 lethality in K. lactis cells. Phenotypic characterization has shown that a strain lacking the phosphatidylglycerolphosphate synthase (atp2.1pgs1Δ) possessed a markedly impaired respiratory chain, very low endogenous respiration, and uncoupled mitochondria. As a result the mutant strain was unable to generate a sufficient mitochondrial membrane potential via respiration. The atp2.1 suppressor mutation enabled an increase in the affinity of F(1)-ATPase for ATP in the hydrolytic reaction, resulting in the maintenance of sufficient membrane potential for the biogenesis of mitochondria and survival of cells lacking anionic phospholipid biosynthesis.

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