Molecular cloning of the yeast mitochondrial aconitase gene (ACO1) and evidence of a synergistic regulation of expression by glucose plus glutamate

Mol Cell Biol. 1990 Jul;10(7):3551-61. doi: 10.1128/mcb.10.7.3551-3561.1990.


We have isolated genomic clones complementing the aconitase-deficient strain (glu1-1) of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Identification of the aconitase gene was established by enzymatic assays and molecular analyses. The corresponding mRNA has been characterized, and its direction of transcription has been determined. The complete nucleotide sequence revealed strong amino acid homologies with the sequences of some peptides isolated from the mammalian protein. Disruption of the gene by deletion-insertion led to glutamate auxotrophy. Expression of the aconitase gene was sensitive to glucose repression and was synergistically down regulated by glucose and glutamate.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aconitate Hydratase / genetics*
  • Aconitate Hydratase / metabolism
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • DNA, Mitochondrial / genetics
  • Escherichia coli / genetics
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal / drug effects*
  • Genes, Fungal*
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Glucose / pharmacology*
  • Glutamates / pharmacology*
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Mitochondria / enzymology*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / enzymology
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / growth & development
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • DNA, Fungal
  • DNA, Mitochondrial
  • Glutamates
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Aconitate Hydratase
  • Glucose

Associated data

  • GENBANK/M33131