Functional expression of a Drosophila gene in yeast: genetic complementation of DNA topoisomerase II.


Journal Article

Since DNA topoisomerase II (EC is an essential enzyme in yeast, heterologous topoisomerase II gene expression in yeast cells can provide a system for analyzing the structure and function of topoisomerase II genes from other species. A series of yeast expression plasmids was constructed in which segments of the cDNA sequences encoding Drosophila DNA topoisomerase II were inserted under the transcriptional control of yeast GAL1 promoter. Expression of the functional form of Drosophila topoisomerase II cDNA can complement conditionally lethal, temperature-sensitive mutations in the yeast topoisomerase II gene (TOP2), as well as mutations in which the TOP2 locus was disrupted. The survival of these yeast cells depends upon the continuous expression of Drosophila topoisomerase II. Repression of Drosophila gene expression by glucose causes these yeast cells to cease dividing after a few generations. In addition to these genetic complementation data, the expression of the Drosophila topoisomerase II gene in yeast cells with a disruption in TOP2 can also be detected by immunochemical methods with an antibody specific for Drosophila topoisomerase II.

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Cited Authors

  • Wyckoff, E; Hsieh, TS

Published Date

  • September 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 85 / 17

Start / End Page

  • 6272 - 6276

PubMed ID

  • 2842762

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2842762

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.85.17.6272


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States