The precise regulation of gene expression is essential for developmental processes in eukaryotic organisms. As an important post-transcriptional regulatory point, translational control is complementary to transcriptional regulation. Sporulation in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a developmental process controlled by a well-studied transcriptional cascade that drives the cell through the events of DNA replication, meiotic chromosome segregation, and spore assembly. Recent studies have revealed that as cells begin the meiotic divisions, translational regulation of gene expression fine tunes this transcriptional cascade. The significance and mechanisms of this translational regulation are beginning to emerge. These studies may also provide insights into translational regulation in germ cell development of multicellular organisms.
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The authors are grateful to Rolf Sternglanz for comments on the manuscript. Work in the Neiman Laboratory is supported by NIH Grant P01 GM088297 to R.S and A.M.N.
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Jin, L., Neiman, A.M. Post-transcriptional regulation in budding yeast meiosis. Curr Genet 62, 313–315 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00294-015-0546-2
- Translational control
- mRNA localization
- Gene expression
- Development program