Constitutive activation of the pH-responsive Rim101 pathway in yeast mutants defective in late steps of the MVB/ESCRT pathway

Mol Cell Biol. 2005 Nov;25(21):9478-90. doi: 10.1128/MCB.25.21.9478-9490.2005.


In many fungi, transcriptional responses to alkaline pH are mediated by conserved signal transduction machinery. In the homologous system in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the zinc-finger transcription factor Rim101 is activated under alkaline conditions to regulate transcription of target genes. The activation of Rim101 is exerted through proteolytic processing of its C-terminal inhibitory domain. Regulated processing of Rim101 requires several proteins, including the calpain-like protease Rim13/Cpl1, a putative protease scaffold Rim20, putative transmembrane proteins Rim9, and Rim21/Pal2, and Rim8/Pal3 of unknown biochemical function. To identify new regulatory components and thereby determine the order of action among the components in the pathway, we screened for suppressors of rim9Delta and rim21Delta mutations. Three identified suppressors-did4/vps2, vps24, and vps4-all belonged to "class E" vps mutants, which are commonly defective in multivesicular body sorting. These mutations suppress rim8, rim9, and rim21 but not rim13 or rim20, indicating that Rim8, Rim9, and Rim21 act upstream of Rim13 and Rim20 in the pathway. Disruption of DID4, VPS24, or VPS4, by itself, uncouples pH sensing from Rim101 processing, leading to constitutive Rim101 activation. Based on extensive epistasis analysis between pathway-activating and -inactivating mutations, a model for architecture and regulation of the Rim101 pathway is proposed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / physiology*
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Mutation
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / physiology*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • RIM101 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins