Mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae having structurally altered pyruvate kinase

Sinha, Pratima ; Maitra, P. K. (1977) Mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae having structurally altered pyruvate kinase Molecular and General Genetics MGG, 158 (2). pp. 171-177. ISSN 0026-8925

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Two mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae lacking pyruvate kinase (EC. are described. The mutations are recessive, segregate 2:2 in tetrads and do not complement each other. Single-step spontaneous revertants, isolated on glucose plates, get back pyruvate kinase activity. The enzymes from various revertants display a wide spectrum of specific activity, thermolability and altered affinity for ligands such as P-enol pyruvate, ADP and fructose 1,6-diphosphate. The mutants produce materials crossreacting to the rabbit antibody raised against purified pyruvate kinase from the wild type yeast. These mutations thus define the structural gene of pyruvate kinase. The mutations map on the leaft arm of chromosome I and form a single complementation group with five other pyruvate kinase mutations in the pyk1 gene that was earlier suggested to be a regulatory locus controlling the synthesis of this enzyme. A comparative study of these mutants has been made with the structural mutants described here.

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