Loss of the major isoform of phosphoglucomutase results in altered calcium homeostasis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Academic Article


  • Phosphoglucomutase (PGM) is a key enzyme in glucose metabolism, where it catalyzes the interconversion of glucose 1-phosphate (GIc-1-P) and glucose 6- phosphate (Glc-6-P). In this study, we make the novel observation that PGM is also involved in the regulation of cellular Ca2+ homeostasis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. When a strain lacking the major isoform of PGM (pgm2A) was grown on media containing galactose as sole carbon source, its rate of Ca2+ uptake was 5-fold higher than an isogenic wild-type strain. This increased rate of Ca2+ uptake resulted in a 9-fold increase in the steady-state total cellular Ca2+ level. The fraction of cellular Ca2+ located in the exchangeable pool in the pgm2A strain was found to be as large as the exchangeable fraction observed in wild-type cells, suggesting that the depletion of Golgi Ca2+ stores is not responsible for the increased rate of Ca2+ uptake. We also found that growth of the pgm2Δ strain on galactose media is inhibited by 10 μM cyclosporin A, suggesting that activation of the calmodulin/calcineurin signaling pathway is required to activate the Ca2+ transporters that sequester the increased cytosolic Ca2+ load caused by this high rate of Ca2+ uptake. We propose that these Ca2+-related alterations are attributable to a reduced metabolic flux between Glc-1-P and Glc-6-P due to a limitation of PGM enzymatic activity in the pgm2Δ strain. Consistent with this hypothesis, we found that this 'metabolic bottleneck' resulted in an 8-fold increase in the Glc-1-P level compared with the wild- type strain, while the Glc-6-P and ATP levels were normal. These results suggest that Glc-1-P (or a related metabolite) may participate in the control of Ca2+ uptake from the environment.
  • Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Fu L; Miseta A; Hunton D; Marchase RB; Bedwell DM
  • Start Page

  • 5431
  • End Page

  • 5440
  • Volume

  • 275
  • Issue

  • 8