Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.302, No.1, 41-45, 2003
Yeast inositol mono- and trisphosphate levels are modulated by inositol monophosphatase activity and nutrients
Yeast lithium-sensitive inositol monophosphatase (IMPase) is encoded by a non-essential gene pair (IMP1 and IMP2). Inhibition of IMPase with either Li+ or Na+ or a double null mutation imp1 imp2 causes increased levels of inositol monophosphates and reduced level of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate. Overexpression of the IMP2 gene has the opposite effects and these results suggest that IMPase activity is limiting for the inositol cycle. Addition of ammonium to cells starved for this nutrient results in a decrease of inositol monophosphates and an increase of inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate, pointing to simultaneous regulation of both inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate production and IMPase activity. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.