Jul 1, 1976

Influence of pH on the rate of ribosomal ribonucleic acid synthesis during sporulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Journal of Bacteriology
P J Wejksnora, J E Haber

Abstract

The rate of synthesis of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) is much slower during sporulation than during vegetative growth of yeast. If sporulating cells are transferred from normal incubation conditions at pH 8.8 to the same medium adjusted to pH 7.0, the rate of rRNA synthesis increased to approach that observed in vegetative cells. The response to the pH change is quite rapid, occurring within 10 min. THE PH-dependent, rate-limiting step appears to be in the processing of 35S ribosomal precursor RNA to the final 26S and 18S RNA species. A similar pH effect also was found for the rate of protein synthesis. However, no change in respiration was observed when the pH was lowered. These results indicate that the observed differences in rate of rRNA synthesis in vegetative and sporulating cells are a consequence of pH and are not intrinsic to sporulation. The results also support the correlation between rRNA processing and protein synthesis.

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Nucleic Acid Precursors
Conidia
Yeast Proteins
15S RNA
Oxygen Consumption
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration

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