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Microbiology. 1998 Nov;144 ( Pt 11):2941-50.

Candida albicans SSD1 can suppress multiple mutations in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.


The SSD1 gene of Saccharomyces encodes a 160 kDa cytoplasmic protein that can suppress mutations in a number of other genes. A functional homologue of SSD1 from the human pathogen Candida albicans was isolated on the basis of its ability to restore viability at the restrictive temperature in a Saccharomyces cerevisiae swi4 ssd1-d strain. The C. albicans gene, designated CaSSD1, encodes a 1262 aa protein which has 47% identity overall to S. cerevisiae SSD1 as well as significant identity to Schizosaccharomyces pombe dis3 and sts5 products. It is shown that CaSSD1 expression is constitutive through the mitotic cell cycle, which is consistent with a role for the protein in cell growth. CaSSD1 rescues the swi4ts defect in an ssd1-d background when expressed from its own promoter on a single-copy plasmid and under the same conditions can rescue mutations in genes encoding protein phosphatase type 2A catalytic subunits. These data suggest that CaSSD1, like its S. cerevisiae homologue, can limit the effect of mutations on a variety of cellular processes.

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