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Yeast. 1988 Jun;4(2):93-106.

Pleiotropic mutations in Saccharomyces cerevisiae affecting sterol uptake and metabolism.

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Department of Microbiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh 27695.


Sterol uptake control mutants (upc-) have been isolated via ethylmethanesulfonate mutagenesis from wild-type Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These mutants are heme and sterol competent but possess the ability to accumulate exogenous sterol(s) under aerobic conditions. Previous studies demonstrate sterol uptake only in a hem-, erg- background; however, the Upc- strains described here are Hem+ and do not require exogenous sterol for growth. We were unable to obtain viable hem+, erg-, upc+ recombinants; such combinations appear to be lethal. Isolates of Upc mutants demonstrated different levels of sterol uptake, and sterol analysis revealed a broad phenotypic range with regard to amounts and accumulation of ergosterol and non-ergosterol sterols. Assays of acyl CoA: ergosterol acyltransferase and sterol ester hydrolase showed no apparent difference in activity between Upc mutants and the wild type.

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