In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the can1-1 mutation confers resistance to the toxic arginine analog canavanine. This mutation has been assumed to disrupt a gene encoding an arginine transporter. In PomBase, the gene SPBC18H10.16 is currently designated can1. Here, we sequenced the genomes of three can1-1 strains. No mutations were found in SPBC18H10.16. Instead, these strains harbor an R175C mutation in the gene any1 (SPBC18H10.20c). any1 encodes an α-arrestin that acts as a ubiquitin ligase adaptor to downregulate plasma membrane amino acid transporters. Our findings indicate that can1-1 is not a loss-of-function mutation in an amino acid transporter gene, but a possible gain-of-function mutation in a gene encoding a negative regulator of amino acid transporters.
MicroPubl Biol (microPublication biology)
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