Functional analyses of Pseudomonas putida benzoate transporters expressed in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2008 Aug;72(8):2034-8. doi: 10.1271/bbb.80156. Epub 2008 Aug 7.


Pseudomonas putida benF, benK, benE1, and benE2 genes encode proteins belonging to benzoate transporter super family, but those functions have not yet been elucidated. In this study we analyzed the functions of these gene products using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. P. putida gene products expressed in yeast cells were localized to the yeast plasma membrane and were involved in taking up benzoate into the cells. According to the sensitivity of yeast cell-growth to benzoate, it is proposed that benK, benE1, and benE2 gene products function as transporters, that take up benzoate into the cells, whereas the benF gene product functions as an efflux pump of benzoate.

MeSH terms

  • Benzoates / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression / genetics*
  • Membrane Transport Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Transport Proteins / metabolism*
  • Pseudomonas putida / genetics
  • Pseudomonas putida / metabolism*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism*


  • Benzoates
  • Membrane Transport Proteins