Properties of the transcriptional enhancer in Saccharomyces cerevisiae telomeres

Kurt W. Runge, Virginia A. Zakian

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Saccharomyces cerevisiae chromosomes end wtth the sequence C2-3A(CA)1-4, commonly abbreviated as C1-3A. These sequences can function as upstream activators of transcription (UAS's) when placed in front of a CYC1-lacZ fusion gene. When C1-3 sequences are placed between the GAL1,10 UAS and the CYC1-lacZ fusion, the C1-3A UAS still functions and the amount of β-galactosidase produced in cells grown on glucose is as much or more than that for cells grown on either glycerol medium, or cells grown on glucose medium containing a plasmid with just the C1-3A UAS. These data indicate that the UAS is immune from glucose repression from the upstream GAL 1,10 UAS. Because C1-3A sequences are bound in vitro by the transcription factor RAP1, the UAS activity of yeast telomere sequences was compared with that of a similar UAS from the tightly regulated ribosomal protein gene RP39A, which also contains a RAP1 binding site. While transcription from the ribosomal protein gene UAS was responsive to cell density, the amount of transcription from the C1-3A UAS was nearly the same at all cell densities tested. These data show that the transcriptional activation by C1-3A sequences is not regulated by cell density.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1783-1787
Number of pages5
JournalNucleic acids research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 11 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics


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