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Gene. 1997 Jun 19;192(2):235-40.

Sequence and promoter regulation of the PCK1 gene encoding phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans.

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Institut für Mikrobiologie, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany.


The PCK1 gene encoding PEP carboxykinase (Pck1) of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans was isolated and sequenced. The deduced Pck1 protein has high homology to ATP-dependent Pck1 proteins in other species, especially to Pck1 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (70% homology), but not to GTP-dependent Pck1 proteins. PCK1 transcript levels were efficiently repressed by glucose and derepressed (induced) on gluconeogenetic carbon sources. PCK1 regulation occurs on the level of transcription, as demonstrated by a fusion of the PCK1 promoter to the LAC4 reporter gene, yielding derepressed/repressed expression ratios of > 100. Homologous sequences in the PCK1 promoters of C. albicans and S. cerevisiae were identified. The PCK1 promoter may be useful to efficiently regulate expression and thereby test the function of genes in C. albicans.

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