Glucose signaling controls the transcription of retrotransposon Ty2-917 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Turkel S., Arik E.

VIRUS GENES, vol.35, no.3, pp.713-717, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11262-007-0145-5
  • Journal Name: VIRUS GENES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.713-717
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


We have analyzed the effects of glucose signaling on the transcription in the yeast retrotransposon Ty2-917. Growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in nonfermentable carbon sources such as glycerol, lactate, or ethanol resulted in a dramatic decrease in the transcription of Ty2-917. However, when the yeast cells were transfer-red to a fermentable growth medium, Ty2-917 transcription is activated by 13-fold. Nonetheless, it appears that the activation of Ty2 transcription requires high levels of glucose since low levels of glucose or 2-deoxyglucose were not sufficient for the activation of Ty2 transcription. In addition, we have shown that glucose induction of Ty2 transcription may require the transcription factor Gcr1p since the glucose induced transcription level of Ty2 is much lower in a gcr1 mutant yeast strain than the GCR1(+) strain. These results demonstrate that glucose signaling activates the transcription in the retroviral-like element Ty2-917.