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Ammonia pulses and metabolic oscillations guide yeast colony development.

TitleAmmonia pulses and metabolic oscillations guide yeast colony development.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsPalková, Z, Devaux, F, Icicová, M, Mináriková, L, Le Crom, S, Jacq, C
JournalMol Biol Cell
Volume13
Issue11
Pagination3901-14
Date Published2002 Nov
ISSN1059-1524
KeywordsAmino Acid Sequence, Amino Acids, Ammonia, Energy Metabolism, Fatty Acids, Gene Expression Profiling, Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal, Hydrogen-Ion Concentration, Membrane Transport Proteins, Models, Biological, Molecular Sequence Data, Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis, Oxidative Phosphorylation, Peroxisomes, Phylogeny, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins, Sequence Alignment
Abstract

On solid substrate, growing yeast colonies alternately acidify and alkalinize the medium. Using morphological, cytochemical, genetic, and DNA microarray approaches, we characterized six temporal steps in the "acid-to-alkali" colony transition. This transition is connected with the production of volatile ammonia acting as starvation signal between colonies. We present evidence that the three membrane proteins Ato1p, Ato2p, and Ato3p, members of the YaaH family, are involved in ammonia production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae colonies. The acid-to-alkali transition is connected with decrease of mitochondrial oxidative catabolism and by peroxisome activation, which in parallel with activation of biosynthetic pathways contribute to decrease the general stress level in colonies. These metabolic features characterize a novel survival strategy used by yeast under starvation conditions prevalent in nature.

DOI10.1091/mbc.E01-12-0149
Alternate JournalMol. Biol. Cell
PubMed ID12429834
PubMed Central IDPMC133602