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The osmoregulatory pathway represses mating pathway activity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: isolation of a FUS3 mutant that is insensitive to the repression mechanism.

Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase cascades are conserved signal transduction pathways that are required for eukaryotic cells to respond to a variety of stimuli. Multiple MAP kinase pathways can function within a single cell type; therefore, mechanisms that insulate one MAP kinase pathway from adventitious activations by parallel pathways may exist. We have studied interactions between the mating pheromone response and the osmoregulatory (high-osmolarity glycerol response [HOG]) pathways in Saccharomyces cerevisiae which utilize the MAP kinases Fus3p and Hog1p, respectively. Inactivating mutations in HOG pathway kinases cause an increase in the phosphotyrosine content of Fus3p, greater expression of pheromone-responsive genes, and increased sensitivity to growth arrest by pheromone. Therefore, the HOG pathway represses mating pathway activity. In a HOG1+ strain, Fus3p phosphotyrosine increases modestly and transiently following an increase in the extracellular osmolarity; however, it increases to a greater extent and for a sustained duration in a hog1-delta strain. Thus, the HOG-mediated repression of mating pathway activity may insulate the mating pathway from activation by osmotic stress. A FUS3 allele whose gene product is resistant to the HOG-mediated repression of its phosphotyrosine content has been isolated. This mutant encodes an amino acid substitution in the highly conserved DPXDEP motif in subdomain XI. Other investigators have shown that the corresponding amino acid is also mutated in a gain-of-function allele of the MAP kinase encoded by the rolled locus in Drosophila melanogaster. These data suggest that the DPXDEP motif plays a role in the negative regulation of MAP kinases.[1]


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