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Yap8p, a member of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Yap family, is activated in response to arsenic. Both the mechanisms by which this activation takes place and its regulation have not yet been identified. In this report, we show that Yap8p is not activated at the transcriptional level but, rather, its nuclear transport is actively regulated and dependent on(More)
Yeast, and especially Saccharomyces cerevisiae, are continuously exposed to rapid and drastic changes in their external milieu. Therefore, cells must maintain their homeostasis, which is achieved through a highly coordinated gene expression involving a plethora of transcription factors, each of them performing specific functions. Here, we discuss recent(More)
In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, arsenic detoxification involves the activation of Yap8, a member of the Yap (yeast AP-1-like) family of transcription factors, which in turn regulates ACR2 and ACR3, genes encoding an arsenate reductase and a plasma-membrane arsenite-efflux protein respectively. In addition, Yap1 is involved in the arsenic(More)
Yap2 is a cadmium responsive transcription factor that interacts with MAPK-activated protein (MAPKAP) kinase Rck1. We show that Rck1 deletion confers protection against cadmium toxicity and that the mechanism underlying this observation relies on Yap2. Rck1 removal from the yeast genome potentiates Yap2 activity by increasing protein half-life and delaying(More)
Yap4 is a nuclear-resident transcription factor induced in Saccharomyces cerevisiae when exposed to several stress conditions, which include mild hyperosmotic and oxidative stress, temperature shift or metal exposure. This protein is also phosphorylated. Here we report that this modification is driven by PKA and GSK3. In order to ascertain whether Yap4 is(More)
Cadmium is a well known mutagenic metal that can enter cells via nonspecific metal transporters, causing several cellular damages and eventually leading to death. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the transcription factor Yap1 plays a key role in the regulation of several genes involved in metal stress response. We have previously shown that Yap1(More)
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the transcription factor Yap8 is a key determinant in arsenic stress response. Contrary to Yap1, another basic region-leucine zipper (bZIP) yeast regulator, Yap8 has a very restricted DNA-binding specificity and only orchestrates the expression of ACR2 and ACR3 genes. In the DNA-binding basic region, Yap8 has three distinct(More)
Desulfovibrio gigas belongs to the group of sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB). These ubiquitous and metabolically versatile microorganisms are often exposed to reactive nitrogen species (RNS). Nonetheless, the mechanisms and regulatory elements involved in nitrosative stress protection are still poorly understood. The transcription factor HcpR has emerged as(More)
Response to hyperosmotic stress in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae involves the participation of the general stress response mediated by Msn2/4 transcription factors and the HOG pathway. One of the transcription factors activated through this pathway is Hot1, which contributes to the control of the expression of several genes involved in glycerol(More)