Evidence for novel pH-dependent regulation of Candida albicans Rim101, a direct transcriptional repressor of the cell wall β-glycosidase Phr2

Yong Un Baek, Samuel J. Martin, Dana A. Davis

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Abstract

Candida albicans is a commensal fungus of mucosal surfaces that can cause disease in susceptible hosts. One aspect of the success of C. albicans as both a commensal and a pathogen is its ability to adapt to diverse environmental conditions, including dramatic variations in environmental pH. The response to a neutral-to-alkaline pH change is controlled by the Rim101 signal transduction pathway. In neutral-to-alkaline environments, the zinc finger transcription factor Rim101 is activated by the proteolytic removal of an inhibitory C-terminal domain. Upon activation, Rim101 acts to induce alkaline response gene expression and repress acidic response gene expression. Previously, recombinant Rim101 was shown to directly bind to the alkaline-pH-induced gene PHR1. Here, we demonstrate that endogenous Rim101 also directly binds to the alkaline-pH-repressed gene PHR2. Furthermore, we find that of the three putative binding sites, only the -124 site and, to a lesser extent, the -51 site play a role in vivo. In C. albicans, the predicted Rim101 binding site was thought to be CCAAGAA, divergent from the GCCAAG site defined in Aspergillus nidulans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Our results suggest that the Rim101 binding site in C. albicans is GCCAAGAA, but slight variations are tolerated in a context-dependent fashion. Finally, our data suggest that Rim101 activity is governed not only by proteolytic processing but also by an additional mechanism not previously described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1550-1559
Number of pages10
JournalEukaryotic Cell
Volume5
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

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