Systematic analysis of F-box proteins reveals a new branch of the yeast mating pathway.

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The mating pathway in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has long been used to reveal new mechanisms of signal transduction. The pathway comprises a pheromone receptor, a heterotrimeric G protein, and intracellular effectors of morphogenesis and transcription. Polarized cell growth, in the direction of a potential mating partner, is accomplished by the G-protein βγ subunits and the small G-protein Cdc42. Transcription induction, needed for cell-cell fusion, is mediated by Gβγ and the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) scaffold protein Ste5. A potential third pathway is initiated by the G-protein α subunit Gpa1. Gpa1 signaling was shown previously to involve the F-box adaptor protein Dia2 and an endosomal effector protein, the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase Vps34. Vps34 is also required for proper vacuolar sorting and autophagy. Here, using a panel of reporter assays, we demonstrate that mating pheromone stimulates vacuolar targeting of a cytoplasmic reporter protein and that this process depends on Vps34. Through a systematic analysis of F-box deletion mutants, we show that Dia2 is required to sustain pheromone-induced vacuolar targeting. We also found that other F-box proteins selectively regulate morphogenesis (Ydr306, renamed Pfu1) and transcription (Ucc1). These findings point to the existence of a new and distinct branch of the pheromone-signaling pathway, one that likely leads to vacuolar engulfment of cytoplasmic proteins and recycling of cellular contents in preparation for mating.

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Cited Authors

  • Rangarajan, N; Gordy, CL; Askew, L; Bevill, SM; Elston, TC; Errede, B; Hurst, JH; Kelley, JB; Sheetz, JB; Suzuki, SK; Valentin, NH; Young, E; Dohlman, HG

Published Date

  • October 4, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 294 / 40

Start / End Page

  • 14717 - 14731

PubMed ID

  • 31399514

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6779436

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1083-351X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.RA119.010063


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States