Metabolic-state-dependent remodeling of the transcriptome in response to anoxia and subsequent reoxygenation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Liang Chuan Lai, Alexander L. Kosorukoff, Patricia V. Burke, Kurt E. Kwast

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We conducted a comprehensive genomic analysis of the temporal response of yeast to anaerobiosis (six generations) and subsequent aerobic recovery (≈2 generations) to reveal metabolic-state (galactose versus glucose)-dependent differences in gene network activity and function. Analysis of variance showed that far fewer genes responded (raw P value of ≤10-8) to the O2 shifts in glucose (1,603 genes) than in galactose (2,388 genes). Gene network analysis reveals that this difference is due largely to the failure of "stress"-activated networks controlled by Msn2/4, Fhl1, MCB, SCB, PAC, and RRPE to transiently respond to the shift to anaerobiosis in glucose as they did in galactose. After ≈1 generation of anaerobiosis, the response was similar in both media, beginning with the deactivation of Hap1 and Hap2/3/4/5 networks involved in mitochondrial functions and the concomitant derepression of Rox1-regulated networks for carbohydrate catabolism and redox regulation and ending (≥2 generations) with the activation of Upc2- and Mot3-regulated networks involved in sterol and cell wall homeostasis. The response to reoxygenation was rapid (<5 min) and similar in both media, dominated by Yap1 networks involved in oxidative stress/redox regulation and the concomitant activation of heme-regulated ones. Our analyses revealed extensive networks of genes subject to combinatorial regulation by both heme-dependent (e.g., Hap1, Hap2/3/4/5, Rox1, Mot3, and Upc2) and heme-independent (e.g., Yap1, Skn7, and Puf3) factors under these conditions. We also uncover novel functions for several cis-regulatory sites and trans-acting factors and define functional regulons involved in the physiological acclimatization to changes in oxygen availability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1468-1489
Number of pages22
JournalEukaryotic Cell
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


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