Current Genetics

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 607–619 | Cite as

Interactions in the ESCRT-III network of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

  • Thomas Brune
  • Heike Kunze-Schumacher
  • Ralf KöllingEmail author
Original Article


Here, we examine the genetic interactions between ESCRT-III mutations in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. From the obtained interaction network, we make predictions about alternative ESCRT-III complexes. By the successful generation of an octuple deletion strain using the CRISPR/Cas9 technique, we demonstrate for the first time that ESCRT-III activity as a whole is not essential for the life of a yeast cell. Endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT)-III proteins are membrane remodeling factors involved in a multitude of cellular processes. There are eight proteins in yeast with an ESCRT-III domain. It is not clear whether the diverse ESCRT-III functions are fulfilled by a single ESCRT-III complex or by different complexes with distinct composition. Genetic interaction studies may provide a hint on the existence of alternative complexes. We performed a genetic mini-array screen by analyzing the growth phenotypes of all pairwise combinations of ESCRT-III deletion mutations under different stress conditions. Our analysis is in line with previous data pointing to a complex containing Did2/CHMP1 and Ist1/IST1. In addition, we provide evidence for the existence of a novel complex consisting of Did2/CHMP1 and Vps2/CHMP2. Some of the interactions on Congo red plates could be explained by effects of ESCRT-III mutations on Rim101 signaling.


Yeast genetics ESCRT-III Endosome Membrane remodeling Multivesicular body (MVB) 



This work was supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Grant KO-963/8-1.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Lebensmittelwissenschaft und Biotechnologie, Fg. Hefegenetik und Gärungstechnologie (150f)Universität HohenheimStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Molekulare MedizinGoethe Universität FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany

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