The open reading frame YGL087c in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome encodes a polypeptide highly similar to the human UEV (ubiquitin-conjugating E2 enzyme variant) proteins, which have been proposed to belong to a family of putative dominant negative ubiquitin regulators. Deletion of the YGL087c open reading frame yields viable cells which are sensitive to UV irradiation or methyl methanesulfonate, but not to hydroxyurea. This phenotype is reminiscent of that of rad mutants and suggests that the YGL087c-encoded protein functions in a process related to tolerance to DNA damage. We also show that the mutant phenotype is fully complemented by expression of the human UEV-1A cDNA and we propose that UEV-1 proteins could also have a role in protecting higher eukaryotic cells from DNA damaging agents.
|Publication status||Published - 13 Feb 1998|
- DNA repair
- Saccharomyces cerevisiae