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Isolation of a yeast mutant deficient in pyruvate carboxylase activity.

To improve our understanding of the catalytic mechanism and regulatory properties of pyruvate carboxylase (EC, an important biotin-dependent enzyme, we have sought to isolate mutants in Saccharomyces cerevisiae which are defective in pyruvate carboxylase activity. One mutant was isolated which was unable to grow on glucose minimal medium unless supplemented with aspartate. Although the enzyme had only 25% of the wild type pyruvate carboxylase activity, Western analysis and RNase protection analysis demonstrated that the mutant gene was expressed at approximately 70% of the wild type level. On the basis of genetic crosses and complementation tests, we have attributed the defect to mutations in the PYC gene encoding pyruvate carboxylase.[1]


  1. Isolation of a yeast mutant deficient in pyruvate carboxylase activity. Walker, M.E., Wallace, J.C. Biochem. Int. (1991) [Pubmed]
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