Co-regulation of yeast purine and phosphate pathways in response to adenylic nucleotide variations

Mol Microbiol. 2008 Jun;68(6):1583-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2008.06261.x. Epub 2008 Apr 21.


Adenylate kinase (Adk1p) is a pivotal enzyme in both energetic and adenylic nucleotide metabolisms. In this paper, using a transcriptomic analysis, we show that the lack of Adk1p strongly induced expression of the PHO and ADE genes involved in phosphate utilization and AMP de novo biosynthesis respectively. Isolation and characterization of adk1 point mutants affecting PHO5 expression revealed that all these mutations also severely affected Adk1p catalytic activity, as well as PHO84 and ADE1 transcription. Furthermore, overexpression of distantly related enzymes such as human adenylate kinase or yeast UMP kinase was sufficient to restore regulation. These results demonstrate that adenylate kinase catalytic activity is critical for proper regulation of the PHO and ADE pathways. We also establish that adk1 deletion and purine limitation have similar effects on both adenylic nucleotide pool and PHO84 or ADE17 expression. Finally, we show that, in the adk1 mutant, upregulation of ADE1 depends on synthesis of the previously described effector(s) (S)AICAR ((N-succinyl)-5-aminoimidazol-4-carboxamide ribotide), while upregulation of PHO84 necessitates the Spl2p positive regulator. This work reveals that adenylic nucleotide availability is a key signal used by yeast to co-ordinate phosphate utilization and purine synthesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenine Nucleotides / metabolism*
  • Adenylate Kinase / genetics
  • Adenylate Kinase / metabolism*
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal*
  • Humans
  • Inosine / metabolism
  • Isoenzymes / genetics
  • Isoenzymes / metabolism*
  • Metabolic Networks and Pathways*
  • Phosphates / metabolism*
  • Point Mutation
  • Purines / metabolism*
  • Sequence Deletion
  • Yeasts / enzymology*
  • Yeasts / genetics
  • Yeasts / metabolism


  • Adenine Nucleotides
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Isoenzymes
  • Phosphates
  • Purines
  • Inosine
  • Adenylate Kinase
  • adenylate kinase 1
  • purine