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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-0983
    Keywords: Key words  Oxidative stress ; Glutathione ; Yeast
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: Abstract   Glutathione (GSH) is an abundant cellular thiol which has been implicated in numerous cellular processes and in protection against stress caused by xenobiotics, carcinogens and radiation. Our experiments address the requirement for GSH in yeast, and its role in protection against oxidative stress. Mutants which are unable to synthesis GSH due to a gene disruption in GSH 1, encoding the enzyme for the first step in the biosynthesis of GSH, require exogenous GSH for growth under non-stress conditions. Growth can also be restored with reducing agents containing a sulphydryl group, including dithiothreitol, β-mercaptoethanol and cysteine, indicating that GSH is essential only as a reductant during normal cellular processes. In addition, the GSH 1-disruption strain is sensitive to oxidative stress caused by H2O2 and tert-butyl hydroperoxide. The requirement for GSH in protection against oxidative stress is analogous to that in higher eukaryotes, but unlike the situation in bacteria where it is dispensable for growth during both normal and oxidative stress conditions.
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    ISSN: 1432-0983
    Keywords: Key wordsCOX1 ; Intron ; Yeast ; Promoter
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology
    Notes: Abstract Screening of a promoter probe gene bank for DNA sequences that could act as inducible promoters following growth on non-fermentable carbon sources led to the identification of the mitochondrially encoded cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 gene (COX1) as an active sequence. Carbon-source regulation of this promoter was confirmed by a β-galactosidase assay which showed a 31- and 180-fold induction of expression after growth on ethanol or lactate-based media respectively. Two elements matching the CCAAT-binding-factor motif, which is involved in activating transcription on non-fermentable carbon sources, were identified in the putative promoter. Expression was found to be reduced to low levels in otherwise isogenic hap3 and hap4 mutant strains. Thus, this mitochondrial DNA when placed in the nucleus can act as a promoter that is subject to strict carbon-source regulation. These observations are discussed both with respect to the origin of the S. cerevisiae COX1 gene in particular and with respect to the origin of introns in general.
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