The Fission Yeast Gene Encoding Monothiol Glutaredoxin 5 Is Regulated by Nitrosative and Osmotic Stresses

  • Kim, Hong-Gyum (Division of Life Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Park, Eun-Hee (College of Pharmacy, Sookmyung Women's University) ;
  • Lim, Chang-Jin (Division of Life Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Kangwon National University)
  • Received : 2004.12.30
  • Accepted : 2005.04.13
  • Published : 2005.08.31


Glutaredoxin (Grx) is a small, heat-stable redox protein acting as a multi-functional glutathione (GSH)-dependent disulfide oxidoreductase. We have cloned the monothiol Grx5 gene from the genomic DNA of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. It has 1,904 bp, with one intron, and encodes a putative protein of 146 amino acids with a molecular mass of 16.5 kDa. Recombinant Grx5 produced functional Grx in S. pombe cells. NO-generating sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 1.0 and 2.0 mM) and potassium chloride (KCl, 0.2 and 0.5 M) increased the synthesis of ${\beta}$-galactosidase from a Grx5-lacZ fusion gene, and transcription of Grx5 was also enhanced by SNP and KCl. Synthesis of ${\beta}$-galactosidase from the Grx5-lacZ fusion was lower in Pap1-negative TP108-3C cells than in wild type KP1 cells, and when Pap1 was overproduced in KP1 cells, the level of ${\beta}$-galactosidase increased. We also found that Pap1 is involved in the induction of Grx5 by SNP and KCl. S. pombe Grx5 may play a crucial role in responses to nitrosative and osmotic stresses.


Supported by : Korea Science and Engineering Foundation


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