Reference: Ramaswamy NT, et al. (1998) Regulation of yeast glycogen metabolism and sporulation by Glc7p protein phosphatase. Genetics 149(1):57-72

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Glc7p is an essential serine/threonine type 1 protein phosphatase (PP1) from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which has a role in many processes including cell cycle progression, sporulation, glycogen accumulation, translation initiation, and glucose repression. Two hallmarks of PP1 enzymes are very high amino acid sequence conservation and association of the catalytic subunit with a variety of noncatalytic, regulatory subunits. We tested the hypothesis that PP1 sequence conservation was the result of each PP1 residue playing a role in multiple intermolecular interactions. Analysis of 24 glc7 mutants, isolated primarily by their glycogen accumulation traits, revealed that every mutated Glc7p residue altered many noncatalytic subunit affinities and conferred unselected sporulation traits to various degrees. Furthermore, quantitative analysis showed that Glc7p affinity for the glycogen-binding noncatalytic subunit Gac1p was not the only parameter that determines the glycogen accumulation by a glc7 mutant. Sds22p is one Glc7p noncatalytic subunit that is essential for mitotic growth. Surprisingly, several mutant Glc7p proteins had undetectable affinity for Sds22p, yet grew apparently normally. The characterization of glc7 diploid sporulation revealed that Glc7p has at least two meiotic roles. Premeiotic DNA synthesis was undetectable in glc7 mutants with the poorest sporulation. In the glc7 diploids examined, expression of the meiotic inducer IME1 was proportional to the glc7 diploid sporulation frequency. Moreover, IME1 hyperexpression could not suppress glc7 sporulation traits. The Glc7p/Gip1p holoenzyme may participate in completion of meiotic divisions or spore packaging because meiotic dyads predominate when some glc7 diploids sporulate.

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Ramaswamy NT, Li L, Khalil M, Cannon JF
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