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Reference: Stoyan T and Carbon J (2004) Inner kinetochore of the pathogenic yeast Candida glabrata. Eukaryot Cell 3(5):1154-63

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The human pathogenic yeast Candida glabrata is the second most common Candida pathogen after Candida albicans, causing both bloodstream and mucosal infections. The centromere (CEN) DNA of C. glabrata (CgCEN), although structurally very similar to that of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is not functional in S. cerevisiae. To further examine the structure of the C. glabrata inner kinetochore, we isolated several C. glabrata homologs of S. cerevisiae inner kinetochore protein genes, namely, genes for components of the CBF3 complex (Ndc10p, Cep3p, and Ctf13p) and genes for the proteins Mif2p and Cse4p. The amino acid sequence identities of these proteins were 32 to 49% relative to S. cerevisiae. CgNDC10, CgCEP3, and CgCTF13 are required for growth in C. glabrata and are specifically found at CgCEN, as demonstrated by chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments. Cross-complementation experiments revealed that the isolated genes, with the exception of CgCSE4, are species specific and cannot functionally substitute for the corresponding genes in S. cerevisiae deletion strains. Likewise, the S. cerevisiae CBF3 genes NDC10, CEP3, and CTF13 cannot functionally replace their homologs in C. glabrata CBF3 deletion strains. Two-hybrid analysis revealed several interactions between these proteins, all of which were previously reported for the inner kinetochore proteins of S. cerevisiae. Our findings indicate that although many of the inner kinetochore components have evolved considerably between the two closely related species, the organization of the C. glabrata inner kinetochore is similar to that in S. cerevisiae.

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Journal Article | Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. | Comparative Study
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Stoyan T, Carbon J
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