SOR1/YJR159W Summary Help

Standard Name SOR1 1
Systematic Name YJR159W
Alias SDH1 2
Feature Type ORF, Verified
Description Sorbitol dehydrogenase; expression is induced in the presence of sorbitol or xylose (2, 3 and see Summary Paragraph)
Chromosomal Location
ChrX:736044 to 737117 | ORF Map | GBrowse
Gene Ontology Annotations All SOR1 GO evidence and references
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Molecular Function
Manually curated
Biological Process
Manually curated
Cellular Component
Manually curated
Regulators 2 genes
Classical genetics
Large-scale survey
27 total interaction(s) for 26 unique genes/features.
Physical Interactions
  • Affinity Capture-RNA: 1
  • Two-hybrid: 5

Genetic Interactions
  • Dosage Rescue: 2
  • Negative Genetic: 13
  • Phenotypic Enhancement: 3
  • Positive Genetic: 3

Expression Summary
Length (a.a.) 357
Molecular Weight (Da) 38,165
Isoelectric Point (pI) 6.92
Phosphorylation PhosphoGRID | PhosphoPep Database
sequence information
ChrX:736044 to 737117 | ORF Map | GBrowse
Last Update Coordinates: 2011-02-03 | Sequence: 1996-07-31
Subfeature details
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Coordinates Sequence
CDS 1..1074 736044..737117 2011-02-03 1996-07-31
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S288C vs. other species
S288C vs. other strains
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Primary SGDIDS000003920

About SOR1 and SOR2

SOR1 encodes a NAD-dependent sorbitol dehydrogenase that is part of the polyol dehydrogenase branch of the medium-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (MDR) superfamily of enzymes. It is not expressed under most laboratory conditions but is induced when cells are grown in media containing sorbitol, a hexose carbohydrate similar to fructose (2). It is also induced when cells are grown on xylose, a pentose sugar found in lignocellulose, though S. cerevisiae cannot effectively utilize xylose as a carbon source (3). In vitro, Sor1p has been demonstrated to have activity on sorbitol and xylitol, but not on mannitol or the primary alcohol ethanol (2).

SOR2 encodes an enzyme almost identical to SOR1 (4). It has also been predicted to be involved in metabolism of hexoses by computational analysis of protein interaction networks (5).

About the medium-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (MDR) family

Medium-chain dehydrogenase/reductases (MDRs), sometimes referred to as long-chain dehydrogenases (6), constitute an ancient and widespread enzyme superfamily with members found in Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryota (7, 8). Many MDR members are basic metabolic enzymes acting on alcohols or aldehydes, and thus these enzymes may have roles in detoxifying alcohols and related compounds, protecting against environmental stresses such as osmotic shock, reduced or elevated temperatures, or oxidative stress (7). The family also includes the mammalian zeta-crystallin lens protein, which may protect the lens against oxidative damage and enzymes which produce lignocellulose in plants (7).

MDR enzymes typically have subunits of about 350 aa residues and are two-domain proteins, with a catalytic domain and a second domain for binding to the nicotinamide cofactor, either NAD(H) or NADP(H) (7, 8). They contain 0, 1, or 2 zinc atoms (9). When zinc is present, it is involved in catalysis at the active site.

Based on phylogenetic and sequence analysis, the members of the MDR superfamily can be further divided into more closely related subgroups (7, 8). In families which are widespread from prokaryotes to eukaryotes, some members appear conserved across all species, while others appear to be due to lineage specific duplications. Some subgroups are only found in certain taxa. S. cerevisiae contains fifteen (7) or twenty-one (8) members of the MDR superfamily, listed below. The difference in number is due to six sequences that were included as members of the quinone oxidoreductase family by Riveros-Rosas et al. (8) but not by Nordling et al. (7).

Zinc-containing enzyme groups:
- PDH; "polyol" dehydrogenase family - BDH1, BDH2, SOR1, SOR2, XYL2
- ADH; class III alcohol dehydrogenase family - SFA1
- Y-ADH; "yeast" alcohol dehydrogenase family - ADH1, ADH2, ADH3, ADH5
- CADH; cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase family - ADH6, ADH7

Non-zinc-containing enzyme groups:
- NRBP; nuclear receptor binding protein (8) or MRF; mitochondrial respiratory function (7) family - ETR1
- QOR; quinone oxidoreductase family - ZTA1 (7, 8), AST1, AST2, YCR102C, YLR460C, YMR152W, YNL134C (8)
- LTD; leukotriene B4 dehydrogenases - YML131W
- ER; enoyl reductases (8) or ACR; acyl-CoA reductase (7) family - no members in S. cerevisiae

Last updated: 2008-08-19 Contact SGD

References cited on this page View Complete Literature Guide for SOR1
1) McGonigal T, et al.  (1998) Construction of a sorbitol-based vector for expression of heterologous proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Appl Environ Microbiol 64(2):793-4
2) Sarthy AV, et al.  (1994) Cloning and sequence determination of the gene encoding sorbitol dehydrogenase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Gene 140(1):121-6
3) Toivari MH, et al.  (2004) Endogenous xylose pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Appl Environ Microbiol 70(6):3681-6
4) Gonzalez E, et al.  (2000) Characterization of a (2R,3R)-2,3-butanediol dehydrogenase as the Saccharomyces cerevisiae YAL060W gene product. Disruption and induction of the gene. J Biol Chem 275(46):35876-85
5) Samanta MP and Liang S  (2003) Predicting protein functions from redundancies in large-scale protein interaction networks. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 100(22):12579-83
6) Jornvall H, et al.  (1981) Alcohol and polyol dehydrogenases are both divided into two protein types, and structural properties cross-relate the different enzyme activities within each type. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 78(7):4226-30
7) Nordling E, et al.  (2002) Medium-chain dehydrogenases/reductases (MDR). Family characterizations including genome comparisons and active site modeling. Eur J Biochem 269(17):4267-76
8) Riveros-Rosas H, et al.  (2003) Diversity, taxonomy and evolution of medium-chain dehydrogenase/reductase superfamily. Eur J Biochem 270(16):3309-34
9) Persson B, et al.  (1999) Bioinformatics in studies of SDR and MDR enzymes. Adv Exp Med Biol 463():373-7