Yeast mutant affected for viability upon nutrient starvation: characterization and cloning of the RVS161 gene

Yeast. 1991 Oct;7(7):727-43. doi: 10.1002/yea.320070708.


In yeast, nutrient starvation leads to entry into stationary phase. Mutants that do not respond properly to starvation conditions have been isolated in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Among them the rvs161 mutant (RVS for Reduced Viability upon Starvation) is sensitive to carbon, nitrogen and sulphur starvation. When these nutrients are depleted in the medium, mutant cells show cellular viability loss with morphological changes. The mutation rvs161-1 is very pleiotropic, and besides the defects in stationary phase entry, the mutant strain presents other alterations: sensitivity to high salt concentrations, hypersensitivity to amino acid analogs, no growth on lactate or acetate medium. The addition of salts or amino acid analogs leads to the same morphological defects observed in starved cells, suggesting that the gene could be implicated mainly in the control of cellular viability. The gene RVS161 was cloned; it codes for a 30,252 daltons protein. No homology was detected with the proteins contained in the databases. Moreover, Southern analysis revealed the presence of other sequences homologous to the RVS161 gene in the yeast genome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Culture Media
  • DNA, Fungal / analysis
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • Genes, Fungal*
  • Glycogen / metabolism
  • Hot Temperature
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Molecular Weight
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • Protein Conformation
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / growth & development
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism


  • Culture Media
  • DNA, Fungal
  • Glycogen

Associated data

  • GENBANK/S64911
  • GENBANK/S64912
  • GENBANK/S64914
  • GENBANK/S64915
  • GENBANK/S70506
  • GENBANK/S70508
  • GENBANK/S78629
  • GENBANK/X62451
  • GENBANK/X62766
  • GENBANK/X62767