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FEMS Yeast Research

Govindprasad Bhutada, Martin Kavšcek, Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro, Stéphane Thomas, Gerald N Rechberger, Jean-Marc Nicaud, Klaus Natter
Triacylglycerol (TAG) and glycogen are the two major metabolites for carbon storage in most eukaryotic organisms. We investigated the glycogen metabolism of the oleaginous Y. lipolytica and found that this yeast accumulates up to 16% glycogen in its biomass. Assuming that elimination of glycogen synthesis would result in an improvement of lipid accumulation, we characterized and deleted the single gene coding for glycogen synthase, YlGSY1. The mutant was grown under lipogenic conditions with glucose and glycerol as substrates and we obtained up to 60% improvement in TAG accumulation compared to the wild type strain...
April 17, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Max A B Haase, Jacek Kominek, Quinn K Langdon, Cletus P Kurtzman, Chris Todd Hittinger
Xylose fermentation is a rare trait that is immensely important to the cellulosic biofuel industry, and Candida tenuis is one of the few yeasts that has been reported with this trait. Here we report the isolation of two strains representing a candidate sister species of C. tenuis. Integrated analysis of genome sequence and physiology suggested the genetic basis of a number of traits, including variation between the novel species and C. tenuis in lactose metabolism due to the loss of genes encoding lactose permease and β-galactosidase in the former...
April 17, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Matthias Mattanovich, Hannes Rußmayer, Theresa Scharl-Hirsch, Verena Puxbaum, Jonas Burgard, Diethard Mattanovich, Stephan Hann
Mass spectrometry based metabolomic profiling is a powerful strategy to quantify the concentrations of numerous primary metabolites in parallel. To avoid distortion of metabolite concentrations, quenching is applied to stop the cellular metabolism instantly. For yeasts, cold methanol quenching is accepted to be the most suitable method to stop metabolism, while keeping the cells intact for separation from the supernatant. During this treatment, metabolite loss may occur while the cells are suspended in the quenching solution...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Huu-Vang Nguyen, Teun Boekhout
The use of the nuclear-DNA re-association technique has led taxonomists to consider Saccharomyces uvarum a synonym of S. bayanus. The latter, however, is not a species but a hybrid harbouring S. eubayanus (Seu) and S. uvarum (Su) sub-genomes with a minor DNA contribution from S. cerevisiae (Sc). To recognize genetically pure lines of S. uvarum and putative interspecies hybrids among so-called S. bayanus strains present in public culture collections, we propose the use of four markers that were defined from the S...
March 3, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Chunjun Zhan, Yankun Yang, Zhenyang Zhang, Xiang Li, Xiuxia Liu, Zhonghu Bai
In methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris (P. pastoris), the efficient promoter of alcohol oxidase (PAox1) is induced by methanol and repressed by glycerol, but the molecular mechanism is not clear. In this study, the relationship between alcohol oxidase 1 (aox1), methanol expression regulator 1 (mxr1) and glycerol transporter 1 (gt1) was studied. By RT-PCR, it was found that the overexpression of gt1 could increase the glycerol content in cells and repress the expression of mxr1 and aox1, and the deletion of gt1 reduced the glycerol content in cells and promoted the expression of aox1 ...
March 3, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
YongQin Wu, Ning Gao, Cui Li, Jing Gao, ChunMei Ying
The increasing prevalence of azole resistance in Candida albicans poses a growing problem for clinical treatment. Amino acid substitution of the 14α-demethylase (Erg11p) encoded by the ERG11 gene is one of the most common mechanisms involved in azole resistance. Although amino acid substitutions of Erg11p have been observed in many clinical isolates, only a few amino acid substitutions have been confirmed to be related to azole resistance. In this study, by amplifying and sequencing the open reading frame of the ERG11 gene from 55 clinical isolates, we identified 27 fluconazole-resistant isolates that harbor a novel amino acid substitution, T123I, in Erg11p, in addition to the previously described homozygous substitution Y132H...
February 25, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Enrico Cabib
Here is a life in three countries, with different cultures, different political structures and even different skies. The constant through all these changes is the addiction of the subject of this story to science and laboratory work. Perhaps the tale that unfolds here will show to some beginners in research that persistence, seasoned with a little luck, can bring results and satisfaction in the long run.
February 25, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Gerhard Eigenstetter, Ralf Takors
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February 8, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Anke Samel, Thi Kim Loan Nguyen, Ann E Ehrenhofer-Murray
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February 2, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Hongdi Liu, Xiang Jiao, Yanan Wang, Xiaobing Yang, Wenyi Sun, Jihui Wang, Sufang Zhang, Zongbao Kent Zhao
Metabolic engineering of Rhodosporidium toruloides, a robust lipid and caroteinoid producer, is of great importance for oleochemicals and carotenoids production. However, the Agrobacterium-mediated gene transformation is tedious and time consuming. Here, we described a fast and efficient genetic transformation of R. toruloides using electroporation with linear DNA fragments, and the process was optimized. The results showed that 2 × 103 transformants can be obtained at 0.7 kV/μg linear DNA by using hygromycin and bleomycin as selection markers after the competent cells pretreated with 25 mM DTT and 100 mM LiAc...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Klara Papouskova, Marketa Andrsova, Hana Sychrova
The maintenance of intracellular alkali-metal-cation homeostasis is a fundamental property of all living organisms, including the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Several transport systems are indispensable to ensure proper alkali-metal-cation levels in the yeast cytoplasm and organelles. Ist2 is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-resident protein involved, together with other tethering proteins, in the formation of contacts between the plasma and ER membranes. As IST2 gene deletion was shown to influence yeast growth in the presence of sodium, we focused on the roles of Ist2 in the cell response to the presence of various concentrations of alkali metal cations, and its interactions with characterised plasma membrane alkali-metal-cation transporters...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
María Victoria Mestre Furlani, Yolanda Paola Maturano, Mariana Combina, Laura Analía Mercado, María Eugenia Toro, Fabio Vazquez
Ethanol content of wine has increased over the last decades as consequence of searching phenolic maturity, requiring increased grape maturity. This may result in the production of wines with excessive alcohol levels (sometimes more than 15% (v/v)), sluggish and stuck fermentations and excessive volatile acidity. Many strategies to reduce ethanol in wines are being studied, and microbial methods have some additional advantages. However, because of the broad intra- and interspecies variability, new selection criteria should be included...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Chelsi D Cassilly, Abigail T Farmer, Anthony E Montedonico, Terry K Smith, Shawn R Campagna, Todd B Reynolds
Phosphatidylserine (PS) synthase (Cho1p) and the PS decarboxylase enzymes (Psd1p and Psd2p), which synthesize PS and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), respectively, are crucial for Candida albicans virulence. Mutations that disrupt these enzymes compromise virulence. These enzymes are part of the cytidine diphosphate-diacylglycerol pathway (i.e. de novo pathway) for phospholipid synthesis. Understanding how losses of PS and/or PE synthesis pathways affect the phospholipidome of Candida is important for fully understanding how these enzymes impact virulence...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
David Ribas, Joana Sá-Pessoa, Isabel Soares-Silva, Sandra Paiva, Yvonne Nygård, Laura Ruohonen, Merja Penttilä, Margarida Casal
Sugar acids can be used as platform chemicals to generate primary building blocks of industrially relevant products. Microbial production of these organic compounds at high yields requires the engineering of the enzymatic machinery and the presence of plasma membrane transporters able to export them outside the cells. In this study, several yeast carboxylic acid transporters belonging to the Jen family were screened for the transport of biotechnologically relevant sugar acids, namely gluconic, saccharic, mucic, xylaric and xylonic acid, and functionally characterised in Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Hengyao Niu, Hannah L Klein
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae Srs2 DNA helicase has important roles in DNA replication, recombination and repair. In replication, Srs2 aids in repair of gaps by repair synthesis by preventing gaps from being used to initiate recombination. This is considered to be an anti-recombination role. In recombination, Srs2 plays both prorecombination and anti-recombination roles to promote the synthesis-dependent strand annealing recombination pathway and to inhibit gaps from initiating homologous recombination. In repair, the Srs2 helicase actively promotes gap repair through an interaction with the Exo1 nuclease to enlarge a gap for repair and to prevent Rad51 protein from accumulating on single-stranded DNA...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Benjamin Pardo, Laure Crabbé, Philippe Pasero
Eukaryotic cells activate the S-phase checkpoint in response to a variety of events affecting the progression of replication forks, collectively referred to as replication stress. This signaling pathway is divided in two branches: the DNA damage checkpoint (DDC) and the DNA replication checkpoint (DRC). Both pathways are activated by the sensor kinase Mec1 and converge on the effector kinase Rad53. However, the DDC operates throughout the cell cycle and depends on the checkpoint mediator Rad9 to activate Rad53, whereas the DRC is specific to S phase and is mediated by Mrc1 and other fork components to signal replication impediments...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Serge Gangloff, Benoit Arcangioli
Life is maintained through alternating phases of cell division and quiescence. The causes and consequences of spontaneous mutations have been extensively explored in proliferating cells, and the major sources include errors of DNA replication and DNA repair. The foremost consequences are genetic variations within a cell population that can lead to heritable diseases and drive evolution. While most of our knowledge on DNA damage response and repair has been gained through cells actively dividing, it remains essential to also understand how DNA damage is metabolized in cells which are not dividing...
January 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Takehiko Kobayashi, Mariko Sasaki
The ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) is the most abundant gene in yeast and other eukaryotic organisms. Due to its heavy transcription, repetitive structure and programmed replication fork pauses, the rDNA is one of the most unstable regions in the genome. Thus, the rDNA is the best region to study the mechanisms responsible for maintaining genome integrity. Recently, we screened a library of ∼4800 budding yeast gene knockout strains to identify mutants defective in the maintenance of rDNA stability. The results of this screen are summarized in the Yeast rDNA Stability (YRS) Database, in which the stability and copy number of rDNA in each mutant are presented...
January 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Wesley Leoricy Marques, Robert Mans, Eko Roy Marella, Rosa Lorizolla Cordeiro, Marcel van den Broek, Jean-Marc G Daran, Jack T Pronk, Andreas K Gombert, Antonius J A van Maris
Many relevant options to improve efficacy and kinetics of sucrose metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and, thereby, the economics of sucrose-based processes remain to be investigated. An essential first step is to identify all native sucrose-hydrolysing enzymes and sucrose transporters in this yeast, including those that can be activated by suppressor mutations in sucrose-negative strains. A strain in which all known sucrose-transporter genes (MAL11, MAL21, MAL31, MPH2, MPH3) were deleted did not grow on sucrose after 2 months of incubation...
January 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
Michael Lisby, Uffe H Mortensen
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January 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
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