Functional analysis of the Neurospora crassa PZL-1 protein phosphatase by expression in budding and fission yeast

Emese Vissi, Josep Clotet, Eulalia de Nadal, Anna Barceló, Éva Bakó, Pál Gergely, Viktor Dombrádi, Joaquín Ariño

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

20 Citations (Scopus)


The gene pzl-1 from the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa encodes a putative Ser/Thr protein phosphatase that is reminiscent of the Ppz1/Ppz2 and Pzh1 phosphatases from Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe, respectively. The entire PZL-1 protein, as well as its carboxyl-terminal domain, have been expressed in Escherichia coli as active protein phosphatases. To characterize its cellular role, PZL-1 was also expressed in Sz. pombe and in S. cerevisiae. Expression of PZL-1 in S. cerevisiae from the PPZ1 promoter was able to rescue the altered sensitivity to caffeine and lithium ions of a ppz1 strain. Furthermore, high copy number expression of PZL-1 alleviated the lytic phenotype of a S. cerevisiae slt2/mpk1 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase mutant, similarly to that described for PPZ1, and mimicked the effects of high levels of Ppz1 on cell growth. Expression of PZL-1 in fission yeast from a weak version of the nmt1 promoter fully rescued the growth defect of a pzh1Δ strain in high potassium, but only partially complemented the sodium-hypertolerant phenotype. Strong overexpression of the N. crassa phosphatase in Sz. pombe affected cell growth and morphology. Therefore, PZL-1 appears to fulfil every known function carried out by its S. cerevisiae counterpart, despite the marked divergence in sequence within their NH2-terminal moieties. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-124
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2001


  • Functional expression
  • Ppz phosphatases
  • Salt tolerance
  • Yeast


Dive into the research topics of 'Functional analysis of the Neurospora crassa PZL-1 protein phosphatase by expression in budding and fission yeast'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this