Deletion analysis of the SUP35 gene of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae reveals two non-overlapping functional regions in the encoded protein

Mol Microbiol. 1993 Mar;7(5):683-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.1993.tb01159.x.


SUP35 is an omnipotent suppressor gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae coding for a protein consisting of a C-terminal part similar to the elongation factor EF-1 alpha and a unique N-terminal sequence of 253 amino acids. Twelve truncated versions of the SUP35 gene were generated by the deletion of fragments internal to the coding sequence. Functional studies of these deletion mutants showed that: (i) only the EF-1 alpha-like C-terminal part of the Sup35 protein is essential for the cell viability; (ii) overexpression of either the N-terminal part of the Sup35 protein or the full-length Sup35 protein decreases translational fidelity, resulting in omnipotent suppression and reduced growth of [psi+] strains; (iii) expression of the C-terminal part of the Sup35 protein generates an antisuppressor phenotype; and (iv) both the N- or C-terminal segments of the Sup35 protein can bind to 80S ribosomes. Thus, the data obtained define two domains within the Sup35 protein which are responsible for different functions.

MeSH terms

  • Fungal Proteins / genetics*
  • Fungal Proteins / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal*
  • Genes, Fungal*
  • Genes, Suppressor*
  • Peptide Elongation Factors / genetics
  • Peptide Termination Factors
  • Prions*
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Ribosomes / metabolism
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*
  • Sequence Deletion


  • Fungal Proteins
  • Peptide Elongation Factors
  • Peptide Termination Factors
  • Prions
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • SUP35 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins