Direct selection for mutants with increased K+ transport in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

M. Vidal, A. M. Buckley, F. Hilger, Richard F Gaber

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Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells containing a deletion of TRK1, the gene encoding the high affinity potassium transporter, retain only low affinity uptake of this ion and consequently lose the ability to grow in media containing low levels (0.2 mM) of potassium. Using a trk1Δ strain, we selected spontaneous Trk+ pseudorevertants that regained the ability to grow on low concentrations of potassium. The revertants define three unlinked extragenic suppressors of trk1Δ. Dominant RPD2 mutations and recessive rpd1 and rpd3 mutations confer increased potassium uptake in trk1Δ cells. Genetic evidence suggests that RPD2 mutations are alleles of TRK2, the putative low affinity transporter gene, whereas rpd1 and rpd3 mutations increase TRK2 activity: (1) RPD2 mutations are closely linked to trk2, and (2) trk2 mutations are epistatic to both rpd1 and rpd3. rpd1 maps near pho80 on chromosome XV and rpd3 maps on the left arm of chromosome XIV, closely linked to kre1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-320
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 14 1990

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  • Genetics

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