Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains sensitive to inorganic mercury
Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains sensitive to inorganic mercury (Ono and Sakamoto 1985) did not grow well on the medium rich in glucose and poor in peptone. This growth inhibition, like growth inhibition caused by inorganic mercury, was relieved by exogenous tyrosine. Sugars such as fructose and mannose were as inhibitory as glucose, but glycerol was not at all. Galactose was inhibitory but not so much as glucose. Agal2l mutation (defective in galactose uptake) partly relieved growth inhibition caused by excess galactose. Moreover, it was found that some of revertants which gained ability to grow well in the presence of excess glucose were defective in the glucose uptake. From these observations, we conclude that growth inhibition of the inorganic mercury sensitive strains by excess sugar is a consequence of the catabolite regulation. In other words, the inorganic mercury sensitive strains are hyper-sensitive to the catabolite regulation due to the presence of theHGS2-1 allele.
Key wordsSaccharomyces cerevisiae Inorganic mercury Catabolite regulation Sugar uptake
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