Clearance of yeast prions by misfolded multi-transmembrane proteins

Chie Arai, Hiroshi Kurahashi, Masao Ishiwata, Keita Oishi, Yoshikazu Nakamura

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Accumulation of misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) induces the stress response to protect cells against toxicity by the unfolded protein response (UPR), heat shock response (HSR), and ER-associated degradation pathways. Here, we found that over-production of C-terminally truncated multi-transmembrane (MTM) mutant proteins triggers HSR, but not UPR, and clearance of yeast prions [PSI+] and [URE3]. One of the mutant MTM proteins, Dip5ΔC-v82, produces a disabled amino-acid permease. Fluorescence microscopy analysis revealed abnormal accumulation of Dip5ΔC-v82 in the ER. Importantly, the mutant defective in the GET pathway, which functions for ER membrane insertion of tail-anchored proteins, failed to translocate Dip5ΔC-v82 to the ER and disabled Dip5ΔC-v82-mediated prion clearance. These findings suggest that the GET pathway plays a pivotal role in quality assurance of MTM proteins, and entraps misfolded MTM proteins into ER compartments, leading to loss-of-prion through a yet undefined mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1223-1232
Number of pages10
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • GET complex
  • Heat shock response
  • Misfolded multi-trans membranes
  • Yeast prion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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