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J Gen Microbiol. 1989 May;135(5):1217-27.

Parallel changes in catabolite repression of haem biosynthesis and cytochromes in repression-resistant mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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  • 1Departamento de Bioquímica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Cidade Universitária, Brasil.


Effects of three mutant genes, CAT1-2d, cat2-1 and hex2-3, on catabolite repression of mitochondrial cytochromes and the first two enzymes of haem biosynthesis were compared. The CAT1-2d mutation gave no resistance to glucose, whereas cat2-1 endowed both cytochromes and 5-aminolaevulinate dehydratase with resistance, but did not alter the effect of glucose on 5-aminolaevulinate synthase. The hex2-3 mutation caused repression resistance of cytochromes and of the two haem biosynthetic enzymes. hex2-3 strains also accumulated intracellular 5-aminolaevulinate. Co-inheritance of the latter traits, sensitivity to maltose inhibition and ability to grow on raffinose in the presence of 2-deoxyglucose, demonstrated that the pleiotropic phenotype is a function of the single gene hex2-3. Revertants which grew on maltose regained sensitivity to deoxyglucose and exhibited normal sensitivity of cytochromes and haem biosynthesis enzymes to repression. Addition of the hex1-18 mutation, which renders cytochromes resistant to repression, to a cat2-1 strain did not produce the same effect on 5-aminolaevulinate synthase as hex2-3. It is concluded that repression patterns of haem and cytochrome biosynthesis are substantially affected by hex2-3 and cat2-1 but not by CAT1-2d.

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