Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 236, Issue 2, pp 443–447

A pair of putative protein kinase genes (YPK1 and YPK2) is required for cell growth in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

  • Ping Chen
  • Kyung S. Lee
  • David E. Levin
Short Communications

DOI: 10.1007/BF00277146

Cite this article as:
Chen, P., Lee, K.S. & Levin, D.E. Molec. Gen. Genet. (1993) 236: 443. doi:10.1007/BF00277146

Summary

Probes derived from cDNAs encoding isozymes of rat protein kinase C (PKC) were used to screen the genome of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We reported previously the isolation of the yeast PKC1 gene, a homolog of the α, β, and γ subspecies of mammalian PKC. Here we report the isolation and genetic characterization of a pair of previously described genes (YPK1 and YPK2) which are predicted to encode protein kinases that share 90% amino acid identity with each other and 44–46% identity with various isozymes of PKC throughout their putative catalytic domains. Deletion of YPK2 resulted in no apparent phenotypic defect, but loss of YPK1 resulted in slow growth. Cells deleted for both YPK1 and YPK2 were defective in vegetative growth, indicating that the protein kinases predicted to be encoded by these genes are functionally overlapping and play an essential role in the proliferation of yeast cells. The YPK1 gene was mapped to the left arm of chromosome XI and YPK2 was mapped to the right arm of chromosome XIII.

Key words

Saccharomyces cerevisiae Protein kinases Protein Kinase C Growth control 

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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ping Chen
    • 1
  • Kyung S. Lee
    • 1
  • David E. Levin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryJohns Hopkins University, School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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