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Molecular Biology of the Cell


Volume 24, Issue 9

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Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing--metabolism; DNA-Binding Proteins--metabolism; Nuclear Proteins--metabolism; Protein Processing, Post-Translational; Repressor Proteins--metabolism; Saccharomyces cerevisiae--metabolism; Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins--metabolism; Transcription Factors--metabolism


Glucose uptake, the first, rate-limiting step of its utilization, is facilitated by glucose transporters. Expression of several glucose transporter (HXT) genes in yeast is repressed by the Rgt1 repressor, which recruits the glucose-responsive transcription factor Mth1 and the general corepressor complex Ssn6-Tup1 in the absence of glucose; however, it is derepressed when Mth1 is inactivated by glucose. Here we show that Ssn6-Tup1 interferes with the DNA-binding ability of Rgt1 in the absence of Mth1 and that the Rgt1 function abrogated by Ssn6 overexpression is restored by co-overexpression of Mth1. Thus Mth1 likely regulates Rgt1 function not by modulating its DNA-binding activity directly but by functionally antagonizing Ssn6-Tup1. Mth1 does so by acting as a scaffold-like protein to recruit Ssn6-Tup1 to Rgt1. Supporting evidence shows that Mth1 blocks the protein kinase A–dependent phosphorylation of Rgt1 that impairs the ability of Rgt1 to interact with Ssn6-Tup1. Of note, Rgt1 can bind DNA in the absence of Ssn6-Tup1 but does not inhibit transcription, suggesting that dissociation of Rgt1 from Ssn6-Tup1, but not from DNA, is necessary and sufficient for the expression of its target genes. Taken together, these findings show that Mth1 is a transcriptional corepressor that facilitates the recruitment of Ssn6-Tup1 by Rgt1.


This research was originally published in Molecular Biology of the Cell, 24(9), 1493-1503, doi:10.1091/mbc.E13-01-0047. Copyright © 2013 The American Society for Cell Biology.

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