Current Genetics

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 97–106 | Cite as

Trehalose and maltose metabolism in yeast transformed by a MAL4 regulatory gene cloned from a constitutive donor strain

  • Dulce E. de Oliveira
  • Manuel Arrese
  • Getacew Kidane
  • Anita D. Panek
  • James R. Mattoon
Original Articles


A 6.8 kb fragment of DNA containing the regulatory sequence MAL4p has been cloned from a genomic library prepared from Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain 1403-7A which ferments maltose constitutively. The library was prepared by ligation of 5–20 kb Sau3AI restriction fragments of total yeast DNA into the BamH1 restriction site of shuttle vector YEp13. A restriction map of the cloned fragment indicates that it encompasses a 2.6 kb segment which closely resembles the regulatory MAL6 gene previously identified (Needleman et al. 1984). The hybrid plasmid, p(MAL4p)4, could transform maltose-nonfermenting strains which contain cryptic α-glucosidase and maltose permease genes (malp MALg), but could not transform strains containing a functional regulatory sequence and a defective maltase-permease region (MAlp malg). A correlated absence of maltase and permease DNA from the cloned fragment was indicated by the restriction map. Although the cloned DNA fragment was derived from a constitutive strain, maltose fermentation and α-glucosidase formation by yeast transformed with p(MAL4p)4 was largely inducible by maltose and sensitive to catabolite repression. Moreover, the active trehalose accumulation pattern (TAC(+) phenotype) linked to the complete MAL4 locus in strain 1403-7A and other constitutive MAL strains (Oliveira et al. 1981b) was not found in p(MAL4p)4 transformants. It may be concluded that constitutivity of maltose fermentation and the associated active trehalose accumulation are not merely consequences of a cis-dominant mutation causing constitutive formation of the MALp regulatory product. Moreover, constitutivity may not be caused solely by a mutation within the structural region of the MALp gene.

Key words

Maltose fermentation Regulatory genes Trehalose Gene cloning S. cerevisiae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dulce E. de Oliveira
    • 1
  • Manuel Arrese
    • 3
  • Getacew Kidane
    • 2
  • Anita D. Panek
    • 1
  • James R. Mattoon
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Bioquimica, Instituto de QimicaUniversidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Cidade UniversitariaRio de Janeiro, RJBrasil
  2. 2.Departamento de Biologia MolecularInstitute Oswaldo CruzRio de JaneiroBrasil
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of ColoradoColorado SpringsUSA

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