Cat8p, the activator of gluconeogenic genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, regulates carbon source-dependent expression of NADP-dependent cytosolic isocitrate dehydrogenase (Idp2p) and lactate permease (Jen1p)

Mol Gen Genet. 1999 Dec;262(4-5):869-75. doi: 10.1007/s004380051152.


The yeast transcriptional activator Cat8p has been identified as a factor that is essential for the derepression of genes involved in gluconeogenesis (like FBP1, PCK1, ACR1, ICL1 and MLS1) when only nonfermentable carbon sources are provided. Cat8p-dependent expression is mediated by cis-acting elements in the respective promoters, which are named UAS/CSREs (upstream activating sequence/carbon source responsive element). To establish whether the function of Cat8p is restricted to the activation of gluconeogenesis or is also involved in the regulation of a greater variety of genes, we investigated the transcriptional regulation of two genes, IDP2 and JEN1, which exhibit a similar expression pattern to gluconeogenic genes, although IDP2 at least is not linked directly to the gluconeogenic pathway. We identified functional UAS/CSRE elements in the promoters of both genes. Expression studies revealed that JEN1 is regulated negatively by the repressors Mig1p and Mig2p, and that Cat8p is needed for full derepression of the gene under non-fermentative growth conditions. Furthermore, we showed that Mig2p is also involved in the repression of CAT8 itself. The results presented in this study support a model in which Cat8p-dependent gene activation is not restricted to gluconeogenesis, but targets a wide variety of genes which are strongly derepressed under non-fermentative growth conditions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics*
  • Cytosol / enzymology
  • DNA Primers
  • Fungal Proteins / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal
  • Gluconeogenesis / genetics*
  • Isocitrate Dehydrogenase / genetics*
  • Isocitrate Dehydrogenase / metabolism
  • Monocarboxylic Acid Transporters*
  • Mutation
  • NADP / metabolism
  • RNA, Fungal / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / enzymology
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*
  • Symporters*
  • Trans-Activators / metabolism*
  • Transcriptional Activation


  • CAT8 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Carrier Proteins
  • DNA Primers
  • Fungal Proteins
  • JEN1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Monocarboxylic Acid Transporters
  • RNA, Fungal
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Symporters
  • Trans-Activators
  • NADP
  • Isocitrate Dehydrogenase
  • isocitrate dehydrogenase (NADP+)