Bart Scherens

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The functions of many open reading frames (ORFs) identified in genome-sequencing projects are unknown. New, whole-genome approaches are required to systematically determine their function. A total of 6925 Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains were constructed, by a high-throughput strategy, each with a precise deletion of one of 2026 ORFs (more than one-third of(More)
Determining the effect of gene deletion is a fundamental approach to understanding gene function. Conventional genetic screens exhibit biases, and genes contributing to a phenotype are often missed. We systematically constructed a nearly complete collection of gene-deletion mutants (96% of annotated open reading frames, or ORFs) of the yeast Saccharomyces(More)
Nitrogen catabolite repression (NCR) consists in the specific inhibition of transcriptional activation of genes encoding the permeases and catabolic enzymes needed to degrade poor nitrogen sources. Under nitrogen limitation or rapamycin treatment, NCR genes are activated by Gln3 or Gat1, or by both factors. To compare the sets of genes responding to(More)
In the framework of the EU genome-sequencing programmes, the complete DNA sequence of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae chromosome II (807 188 bp) has been determined. At present, this is the largest eukaryotic chromosome entirely sequenced. A total of 410 open reading frames (ORFs) were identified, covering 72% of the sequence. Similarity searches(More)
A problem for inositol signaling is to understand the significance of the kinases that convert inositol hexakisphosphate to diphosphoinositol polyphosphates. This kinase activity is catalyzed by Kcs1p in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A kcs1Delta yeast strain that was transformed with a specifically "kinase-dead" kcs1p mutant did not synthesize(More)
Bacillus strains produce non-ribosomal lipopeptides that can be grouped into three families: surfactins or lichenysins, iturins and fengycins or plispastatins. These biosurfactants show a broad spectrum of biological activities. To detect strains able to produce these lipopeptides, a new polymerase chain reaction screening approach was developed using(More)
We have determined the nucleotide sequence of the YCL313 gene as part of the YIp5 A1G clone localized on the left arm of chromosome III. This YCL313 gene encodes a protein of 522 amino acids (MW 58.3 kDa) which has large homologies with the human, mouse, chicken, bovine and rat PDI gene products. In these organisms the PDI gene encodes the protein disulfide(More)
The products of three genes named CARGRI, CARGRII, and CARGRIII were shown to repress the expression of CAR1 and CAR2 genes, involved in arginine catabolism. CARGRI is identical to UME6 and encodes a regulator of early meiotic genes. In this work we identify CARGRII as SIN3 and CARGRIII as RPD3. The associated gene products are components of a(More)
We report here the DNA sequence of a segment (alpha 1006.13: YBLO5) of chromosome II of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, extending over 32.5 kb. The segment contains 26 open reading frames (ORFs) from YBLO501 to YBLO526. YBL0505 corresponds to the SEC17 gene and YBL0521 to the KIP1 gene. YBL0516 contains an intron, YBL0513 shows homology with the RAT protein(More)
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the synthesis of inositol pyrophosphates is essential for vacuole biogenesis and the cell's response to certain environmental stresses. The kinase activity of Arg82p and Kcs1p is required for the production of soluble inositol phosphates. To define physiologically relevant targets of the catalytic products of Arg82p and Kcs1p,(More)