, Volume 224, Issue 2, pp 257-263

Induction of “General Control” and thermotolerance in cdc mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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In Saccharomyces cerevisiae starvation for a single amino acid activates the transcription of a set of genes belonging to different amino acid biosynthetic pathways (General Control, GC). We show that mutants affected in GC regulation are also affected in their response to thermal stress. Moreover, growth conditions that are known to induce heat shock proteins induce the GC response. However, unlike heat shock proteins, the transcriptional activator of GC, GCN4, is not induced after a short exposure to heat, and in gcn mutant strains induction of heat resistance is normal.

Communicated by C.P. Hollenberg