Mata mat cells normally repress transcription of

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Unformatted text preview: enetic Portrait of a Yeast pheromone; normal a cells repress expression of these genes. MATa/ MAT cells normally repress transcription of haploid-specific genes; however, loss of a1 or 2 function in these cells results in transcription of the haploid-specific genes, including genes that influence the pheromone response, cell fusion, and meiosis. The Mcml Protein Acts as a Positive and Negative Regulator Studies of the binding to DNA of isolated 1 and 2 proteins have shown that the transcriptional activation of -specific genes in an a cell requires the 1 gene product together with a protein known as Mcm1. In this same cell, the DNA binding of the 2 gene product together with the Mcm1 protein represses the transcription of aspecific genes (Fig. A.10a). By contrast, the transcriptional activation of a-specific genes depends only on Mcm1, requiring no product encoded by the MAT locus (Fig. A.10b). The Mcm1 protein thus functions as a transcription factor in both a and cells but actually has opposite effects in the two haploid cell types. This single transcriptio...
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