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Cloning, sequence and functional analyses of the Kluyveromyces lactis genes KlNDI1 and KlNDE1 are reported. These genes encode for proteins with high homology to the mitochondrial internal (Ndi1p) and external (Nde1p) alternative NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductases from Saccharomyces cerevisiae and complement the respective mutations. Analysis of KlNDI1(More)
A lot of studies have been carried out on Saccharomyces cerevisiae, an yeast with a predominant fermentative metabolism under aerobic conditions, which allows exploring the complex response induced by oxidative stress. S. cerevisiae is considered a eukaryote model for these studies. We propose Kluyveromyces lactis as a good alternative model to analyse(More)
The mitochondria of the respiratory yeast Kluyveromyces lactis are able to reoxidize cytosolic NADPH. Previously, we characterized an external alternative dehydrogenase, KlNde1p, having this activity. We now characterize the second external alternative dehydrogenase of K. lactis mitochondria, KlNde2p. We examined its role in cytosolic NADPH reoxidation by(More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Kluyveromyces lactis are considered to be the prototypes of two distinct metabolic models of facultatively-aerobic yeasts: Crabtree-positive/fermentative and Crabtree-negative/respiratory, respectively. Our group had previously proposed that one of the molecular keys supporting this difference lies in the mechanisms involved in(More)
The phosphoglucose isomerase mutant of the respiratory yeast Kluyveromyces lactis (rag2) is forced to metabolize glucose through the oxidative pentose phosphate pathway and shows an increased respiratory chain activity and reactive oxygen species production. We have proved that the K. lactis rag2 mutant is more resistant to oxidative stress (OS) than the(More)
Gene expression is potently regulated through the action of microRNAs (miRNAs). Here, we present evidence of a miRNA regulating Hakai protein. Hakai was discovered as an E3 ubiquitin-ligase that mediates the posttranslational downregulation of E-cadherin, a major component of adherens junctions in epithelial cells and a potent tumour suppressor. Recent data(More)
A new polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based method is described for the isolation of clones of interest from a library when only part of a sequence is available. In actuality, this occurs with many genomes that have been partially sequenced using a random strategy. The method presented here, discriminating clusters by PCR (DCbyPCR), is a nonradioactive and(More)
AIM To analyze GDF15 and MMP7 serum levels as diagnostic biomarkers in gastric cancer (GC) patients. The prognostic value of GDF15 and MMP7 serum levels in combination with miR-200c blood expression was also analyzed. PATIENTS & METHODS Fifty-two GC and 23 control samples were included. RESULTS GDF15 and MMP7 proved to be powerful tools for GC(More)
The use of heterologous DNA arrays from Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been tested and revealed as a suitable tool to compare the transcriptomes of S. cerevisiae and Kluyveromyces lactis, two yeasts with notable differences in their respirofermentative metabolism. The arrays have also been applied to study the changes in the K. lactis transcriptome owing to(More)
Genome duplication, after the divergence of Saccharomyces cerevisiae from Kluyveromyces lactis along evolution, has been proposed as a mechanism of yeast evolution from strict aerobics, such as Candida albicans, to facultatives/fermentatives, such as S. cerevisiae. This feature, together with the preponderance of respiration and the use of the pentose(More)