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  • 1
    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: Peroxisomes ; oleic acid ; β-oxidation ; membrane proliferation ; Hansenula polymorpha ; Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: We studied the physiological responses of Hansenula polymorpha during adaptation of cells to oleic acid-containing media. Growth experiments indicated that the organism was unable to use oleic acid as the sole source of carbon and energy. However, upon incubation of glucose-grown cells in mineral media containing oleic acid, activities of various enzymes of the β-oxidation pathway were induced. These enzymes were localized in microbodies together with alcohol oxidase. Furthermore, a drastic increase in phospholipid content of the cells was observed; this was due to a rapid proliferation of membranes. These consisted of a variable number of membranous layers which were continuous with the peroxisomal membrane. Upon continued incubation, the membrane proliferations extended and large compartments were formed. This process was dependent on the presence of peroxisomes in the cells since it was not observed in peroxisome-deficient mutant strains of H. polymorpha. The newly formed membranous compartments differed from peroxisomes since they did not contain peroxisomal matrix proteins; these were confined to the single enlarged organelle which was incorporated in the membranous structure and characterized by a large alcohol oxidase crystalloid. The membranous compartments are considered to be whole entities since they could not be separated from the peroxisomes by common cell fraction methods; also they were degraded entirely after a shift of cells to glucose-excess condition.Freeze fracturing reveled that the substructure of the membranes greatly resembled that of normal peroxisomal membranes. Since a distinct enhancement of different peroxisomal membrane proteins was observed during the initial hours after the shift, we assume that exposure of H. polymorpha to acid lead to a drastic overproduction of peroxisomal membranes.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: Yeast ; Hansenula polymorpha ; microbodies ; biogenesis ; PER genes ; Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: In the course of our studies on the molecular mechanisms involved in peroxisome biogenesis, we have isolated several mutants of the methylotrophic yeast Hansenula polymorpha impaired in the import of peroximal matrix proteins. These mutants are characterized by the presence of small intact peroxisomes, while the bulk of the peroxisomal matrix protein is not imported and resides in the cytosol (Pim- phenotype). Genetic analysis of back-crossed mutants revealed five different complementation groups, which were designated PERI-PER5. Mapping studies to determine the linkage relationships indicated that the observed Pim- phenotypes were determined by single recessive nuclear mutations.The different mutants had comparable phenotypes: (i) they were impaired to utilize methanol as the sole source of carbon and energy but grew well on various other compounds, including nitrogen sources, the metabolism of which is known to be mediated by peroxisome-borne enzymes in wild-type cells; (ii) all peroxisomal enzymes tested were induced, assembled and activated as in wild-type cells although their activities varied between the different representative mutants; (iii) all peroxisomal proteins, whether constitutive or inducible, were found both in the cytosol and in the small peroxisomes. These results suggest that a general, major import mechanism is affected in all mutants.
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    Yeast 11 (1995), S. 1331-1344 
    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: Hansenula polymorpha ; Pichia pastoris ; heterologous gene expression ; peroxisomes ; peroxisome biogenesis ; Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: In this contribution we discuss the potential of methylotrophic yeasts as hosts for the high level production of valuable foreign proteins. Recent relevant achievements on the intracellular production or secretion of proteins are summarized. Special attention is paid to a specific advantage of the use of methylotrophic yeasts, namely the possibility of accumulating the foreign gene products inside peroxisomes. This approach may be of major advantage when the protein product is toxic for the host cell and, also, to protect these proteins these proteins from undesired side-effects such as proteolysis or aggregation.
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    Yeast 6 (1990), S. 87-97 
    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: Hansenula polymorpha ; methylotrophic yeast ; microbodies ; peroxisome-deficient mutants ; alcohol oxidase ; Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: As a first step in a genetic approach towards understanding peroxisome biogenesis and function, we have sought to isolate mutants of the methylotrophic yeast Hansenula polymorpha which are deficient in peroxisomes. A collection of 260 methanol-utilization-defective strains was isolated and screened for the ability to utilize a second compound, ethanol, the metabolism of which involves peroxisomes. Electron microscopical investigations of ultrathin sections of selected pleiotropic mutants revealed two strains which were completely devoid of peroxisomes. In both, different peroxisomal matrix enzymes were active but located in the cytosol; these included catalase, alcohol oxidase, malate synthase and isocitrate lyase.Subsequent backcrossing experiments revealed that for all crosses involving both strains, the methanol- and ethanol utilizing-deficient phenotypes segregated independently of each other, indicating that different gene mutations were responsible for these phenotypes. The phenotype of the backcrossed peroxisome-deficient derivates was identical: defective in the ability to utilize methanol but capable of growth on other carbon sources, including ethanol.The mutations complemented and therefore were recessive mutations in different genes.
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  • 5
    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: Hansenula polymorpha ; alcohol oxidase ; amine oxidase ; choline ; peroxisome-deficient mutant ; enzyme assembly ; Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: We have studied the expression of alcohol oxidase (AO) in a peroxisome-deficient mutant strain of Hansenula polymorpha. High levels of octameric, active AO (up to 3·0 U/mg protein) were detected in cells grown at low dilution rates in a glucose-limited chemostat in the presence of choline as the sole nitrogen source. Monomeric or other intermediate forms of AO were not detected in the mutant strain. This indicated that assembly of the protein into active octameric molecules in the cytosol was as efficient as in wild-type cells where this process is confined to the peroxisomal matrix. At relatively low rates of expression (less than 1 U/mg protein) AO was localized throughout the cytosol and, surprisingly, was also present inside the nucleus. However, at enhanced levels large crystalloids were formed. Generally one crystalloid was observed per cell, whereas smaller ones were occasionally found in developing buds. Also large crystalloids have been observed inside the nucleus. These crystalloids were not surrounded by a membrane. Based on the morphology of the molecules that constituted these crystalloids and the results of (immuno)cytochemical experiments we conclude that the crystalloids are composed of octameric AO molecules, arranged in a regular lattice, identical to the 3-dimensional architecture previously described for the crystalline matrix of peroxisomes in methanol-grown wild type cells of H. polymorpha. Attempts to purify the crystalloids by conventional fractionation methods failed, due to their apparent fragility; however, (immuno)cytochemical experiments revealed that catalase and dihydroxyacetone synthase were also associated with these structures.
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  • 6
    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: Hansenula polymorpha ; peroxisomes ; amine oxidase ; peroxisomal targeting signal ; homologous recombination ; integration ; Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: Amine oxidase (AMO) is a peroxisomal matrix protein of Hansenula polymorpha, which is induced during growth of the yeast in media containing primary amines as a sole nitrogen source. The deduced amino acid sequence of the protein contains an SRL sequence at nine amino acids from the C-terminus. In this study, we have examined the possible role of the SRL motif in sorting of AMO to peroxisomes by mutating the corresponding gene sequence. For this purpose, we have developed a DNA construct that is specifically integrated into the AMO locus of the H. polymorpha genome, placing the mutant gene under the control of the endogenous AMO promoter and eliminating expression of the wild-type gene. Analysis of a stable transformant, containing the desired gene configuration, showed that mutation of the C-terminal sequence neither interfered with correct targeting of the protein into the peroxisome nor displayed significant effects on its activity. From this, it was concluded that the SRL-containing C-terminus is not essential for peroxisomal targeting of AMO in H. polymorpha.
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  • 7
    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: yeast ; peroxisome biogenesis ; peroxisome-deficient mutant ; Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: Expression of the peroxisome-deficient (Per-) phenotype by per mutants of Hansenula polymorpha is shown to be dependent on specific environmental conditions. Analysis of our collection of constitutive and conditional per mutants showed that, irrespective of the carbon source used, the mutants invariably lacked functional peroxisomes when ammonium sulphate was used as a nitrogen source. However, in two temperature-sensitive (ts) mutants, per13-6ts and per14-11ts, peroxisomes were present at the restrictive temperature when cells were grown on organic nitrogen sources which are known to induce peroxisomes in wild-type cells, namely D-alanine (for both mutants) or methylamine (for per14-11ts). These organelles displayed normal wild-type properties with respect to morphology, mode of development and protein composition.However, under these conditions not all the peroxisomal matrix proteins synthesized were correctly located inside peroxisomes. Detailed biochemical and (immuno) cytochemical analyses indicated that during growth of cells on methanol in the presence of either D-alanine or methylamine, a minor portion of these proteins (predominantly alcohol oxidase, dihydroxyacetone synthase and catalase) still resided in the cytosol. This residual cytosolic activity may explain the observation that the functional restoration of the two ts mutants is not complete under these conditions, as is reflected by the retarded growth of the cells in batch cultures on methanol.
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  • 8
    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: peroxisome biogenesis ; peroxisomal protein import ; peroxisomal membrane protein ; peroxisome proliferation ; Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: Pex3p has been implicated in the biosynthesis of the peroxisomal membrane of the yeast Hansenula polymorpha. Here we show that in the initial stages of a sharp increase in Pex3p levels, induced in batch cultures of cells of a constructed H. polymorpha strain, which contained seven copies of PEX3 under control of the alcohol oxidase promoter (WT::PAOX.PEX37x), strongly interfered with normal peroxisome proliferation. Ultrastructural studies demonstrated that in such cells numerous small peroxisomes had developed, which were absent in wild-type controls. These organelles, which contained typical peroxisomal matrix and membrane proteins (alcohol oxidase, catalase, Pex3p, Pex10p and Pex14p), showed a relatively low density (1·18 g cm-3) after sucrose gradient centrifugation of WT::PAOX.PEX37x homogenates, compared to normal peroxisomes (1·23 g cm-3). We furthermore demonstrated that these early induced, small peroxisomes were protected against glucose-induced proteolytic degradation and did not fuse to form larger organelles. Remarkably, the induction of these small peroxisomes was paralleled by a partial defect in matrix protein import, reflected by the mislocalization of minor amounts of alcohol oxidase protein in the cytosol. However, when the cells were subsequently placed under conditions in which the synthesis of a new matrix enzyme (amine oxidase) was induced while simultaneously the excessive proliferation was repressed (by repression of the PAOX), amine oxidase protein was selectively incorporated into these organelles. This indicated that the small peroxisomes had regained a normal protein import capacity. Based on these results we argue that peroxisome proliferation and matrix protein import are coupled processes in H. polymorpha. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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  • 9
    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: peroxisome biogenesis ; peroxisomal protein import ; peroxisomal membrane protein ; PEX gene regulation ; Hansenula polymorpha ; Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: PEX3 encodes a 52 kDa peroxisomal membrane protein (PMP), essential for peroxisome biogenesis in the yeast Hansenula polymorpha. The relation between Pex3p levels and peroxisome formation was studied in wild type (WT) and Δpex3 strains expressing additional copies of PEX3 under control of a substrate-inducible promoter, namely the strong alcohol oxidase (PAOX) or the weaker amine oxidase (PAMO) promoter. In glucose-grown Δpex3 cells, containing PAOX. PEX3, Pex3p was undetectable and peroxisomes were absent. After induction of these cells on methanol, peroxisomes were rapidly formed. At Pex3p levels up to 7-10 times the values observed in WT controls normal peroxisomes were present. However, at further enhanced Pex3p levels a general matrix protein import defect was observed. This phenomenon was paralleled by aberrant peroxisome assembly and the formation of numerous small vesicles. These vesicles contained Pex3p, together with other H. polymorpha PMPs, but lacked the major matrix proteins which has accumulated in the cytosol. The implications of our results on PEX3 gene regulation and functioning of the peroxisomal matrix protein import machinery in H. polymorpha are discussed. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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    ISSN: 0749-503X
    Keywords: Life and Medical Sciences ; Genetics
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology
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