Piotr P. Slonimski

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Yeast cells carrying a mutation in the OXA1 nuclear gene are respiratory deficient and lack cytochrome oxidase activity. We successively examined the different steps in the expression of the mitochondrial genes encoding the cytochrome oxidase subunits and apocytochrome b in strains carrying the oxa1-79 mutation. The ox1-79 strains exhibit a total absence of(More)
Mitochondrial DNA was isolated from a series of isonuclear cytoplasmic Petite mutants. These mutants represent various patterns of large deletions as detected genetically by means of several mitochondrial marker genes specifying three ribosomal loci, conferring resistance to chloramphenicol and erythromycin, two oligomycin resistance loci and one(More)
The Z-value is an attempt to estimate the statistical significance of a Smith-Waterman dynamic alignment score (SW-score) through the use of a Monte-Carlo process. It partly reduces the bias induced by the composition and length of the sequences. This paper is not a theoretical study on the distribution of SW-scores and Z-values. Rather, it presents a(More)
The yeast nuclear gene OXA1 is essential for cytochrome oxidase assembly, so that a null mutation in the OXA1 gene leads to complete respiratory deficiency. We have cloned by genetic selection a human OXA1 (OXA1Hs) cDNA that complements the respiratory defect of yeast oxa1 mutants. The deduced sequence of the human protein shares 33% identity with the yeast(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)
In the context of the cooperative project for functional analysis of novel genes uncovered during the systematic sequencing of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome, we deleted two paralogous ORFs: YIL153w and YPL152w. Based on the resulting phenotypes, the corresponding genes were named RRD1 and RRD2, respectively. Rrd proteins show significant similarity to(More)
We have cloned and sequenced a novel yeast nuclear gene ABC1 which suppresses, in multicopy, the cytochrome b mRNA translation defect due to the nuclear mutation cbs2-223. Analysis of the ABC1 gene shows that it is weakly expressed, it could code for a protein of 501 amino acids which has a typical presequence of a protein imported into mitochondria and(More)