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Title: Gcn4 negatively regulates expression of genes subjected to nitrogen catabolite repression
Author: Sosa, E.
Aranda, C.
Riego, L.
Valenzuela, L.
DeLuna, A.
Cantu, J.M.
Gonzalez, A.
Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: It has been considered that three key elements participate in nitrogen catabolite repression (NCR) of Saccharomyces cerevisiae: the GLN3 and GAT1/NIL1-encoded transcriptional activators and their negative regulator Ure2. The fact that expression of various NCR-sensitive genes is not derepressed in the absence of Ure2 has led to the proposition that there must exist a protein with a similar function to that of Ure2. The results presented in this paper show that various NCR-sensitive genes are derepressed through GLN3-mediated transcriptional activation in a gcn4? mutant. This effect is additive to that exerted by the lack of Ure2 and to that evoked in rapamycin-treated cultures. Our results uncover the fact that NCR is not solely achieved through the action of Gln3, Gat1, and Ure2. Since Gcn4 regulates the expression of a broad spectrum of genes, the lack of this transcriptional activator could prevent the expression of a potential Gln3 antagonist. Alternatively, Gcn4 could directly hinder Gln3 functioning. � 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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