A. Byers Parsons

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In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, more than 80% of the approximately 6200 predicted genes are nonessential, implying that the genome is buffered from the phenotypic consequences of genetic perturbation. To evaluate function, we developed a method for systematic construction of double mutants, termed synthetic genetic array (SGA) analysis, in which a query(More)
A genetic interaction network containing approximately 1000 genes and approximately 4000 interactions was mapped by crossing mutations in 132 different query genes into a set of approximately 4700 viable gene yeast deletion mutants and scoring the double mutant progeny for fitness defects. Network connectivity was predictive of function because interactions(More)
Bioactive compounds can be valuable research tools and drug leads, but it is often difficult to identify their mechanism of action or cellular target. Here we investigate the potential for integration of chemical-genetic and genetic interaction data to reveal information about the pathways and targets of inhibitory compounds. Taking advantage of the(More)
BACKGROUND The study of complex biological networks and prediction of gene function has been enabled by high-throughput (HTP) methods for detection of genetic and protein interactions. Sparse coverage in HTP datasets may, however, distort network properties and confound predictions. Although a vast number of well substantiated interactions are recorded in(More)
Physical, genetic, and chemical-genetic interactions centered on the conserved chaperone Hsp90 were mapped at high resolution in yeast using systematic proteomic and genomic methods. Physical interactions were identified using genome-wide two hybrid screens combined with large-scale affinity purification of Hsp90-containing protein complexes. Genetic(More)
Discovering target and off-target effects of specific compounds is critical to drug discovery and development. We generated a compendium of "chemical-genetic interaction" profiles by testing the collection of viable yeast haploid deletion mutants for hypersensitivity to 82 compounds and natural product extracts. To cluster compounds with a similar(More)
Phosphorylated derivatives of phosphatidylinositol are essential regulators of both endocytic and exocytic trafficking in eukaryotic cells. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase, Pik1p generates a distinct pool of PtdIns(4)P that is required for normal Golgi structure and secretory function. Here, we utilize a synthetic genetic(More)
To further understand the roles played by the essential phosphoinositide PI4,5P(2), we have used a synthetic lethal analysis, which systematically combined the mss4(ts) mutation, partially defective in PI4P 5-kinase activity, with each of approximately 4700 deletion mutations. This genomic screening technique uncovered numerous new candidate effectors and(More)
The Stt4 phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase has been shown to generate a pool of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI4P) at the plasma membrane, critical for actin cytoskeleton organization and cell viability. To further understand the essential role of Stt4-mediated PI4P production, we performed a genetic screen using the stt4(ts) mutation to identify candidate(More)
Cell fusion in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a temporally and spatially regulated process that involves degradation of the septum, which is composed of cell wall material, and occurs between conjugating cells within a prezygote, followed by plasma membrane fusion. The plasma membrane protein Fus1p is known to be required for septum(More)