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FEBS Lett. 1997 Dec 1;418(3):269-74.

The yeast ATP binding cassette (ABC) protein genes PDR10 and PDR15 are novel targets for the Pdr1 and Pdr3 transcriptional regulators.

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Department of Molecular Genetics, University and Biocenter of Vienna, Austria.


The yeast transcription factors Pdr1 and Pdr3 control pleiotropic drug resistance (PDR) development, since they regulate expression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) drug efflux pumps through binding to cis-acting sites known as PDREs (PDR responsive elements). In this report, we show by Northern blotting, gel shift mobility assays and DNase I footprinting that transcription of the ABC genes PDR10 and PDR15 is also controlled by Pdr1 and Pdr3. In addition, in vitro band shift assays demonstrate that a GST-Pdr1 fusion protein can bind to the PDREs of PDR10 and PDR15. DNase I footprinting allowed the identification of the precise PDRE binding motifs, indicating the presence of a novel slightly degenerate PDRE motif in the PDR15 promoter. Finally, PDR10 and PDR15 mRNA levels vary dramatically in abundance in isogenic yeast strains carrying either deltapdr1, deltapdr3 and deltapdr1 deltapdr3 deletions or pdr1-3 and pdr3-2 gain-of-function mutations, demonstrating that both PDR10 and PDR15 are new members of the yeast PDR network.

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