A Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant unable to convert glucose to glucose-6-phosphate accumulates excessive glucose in the endoplasmic reticulum due to core oligosaccharide trimming

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  • D-Glucose is the preferred carbon and energy source for most eukaryotic cells. Immediately following its uptake, glucose is rapidly phosphorylated to glucose-6-phosphate (Glc-6-P). The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has three enzymes (Hxk1p, Hxk2p, and Glk1p) that convert glucose to Glc-6-P. In the present study, we found that yeast mutants lacking any two of these enzymes retain the ability to efficiently convert glucose to Glc-6-P and thus maintain a low level of cellular glucose. However, a mutant strain lacking all three glucose-phosphorylating enzymes contained up to 225-fold more intracellular glucose than normal. Drugs that inhibit the synthesis or the trimming of the lipid-linked core oligosaccharide Glu3Man9GlcNac2 effectively reduced the accumulation of glucose. Similarly, mutations that block the addition of glucose residues to the core oligosaccharide moiety, such as alg5Δ or alg6Δ, also diminished glucose accumulation. These results indicate that the intracellular glucose accumulation observed in the glucose phosphorylation mutant results primarily from the trimming of glucose residues from core oligosaccharide chains within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Consistent with this conclusion, both [14C]glucose exchange and subcellular fractionation experiments indicate that much of the accumulated glucose is retained within an intracellular compartment, suggesting that the efficient transport of glucose from the ER to the cytosol in yeast may be coupled to its rephosphorylation to Glc-6-P. The high level of cellular glucose was associated with an increased level of protein glycation and the release of glucose into the culture medium via its transit through the secretory pathway. Finally, we also found that the accumulation of glucose may lead to a subtle alteration in ion homeostasis, particularly Ca2+ uptake. This suggests that this mutant strain may serve as a useful model to study the consequences of excessive glucose accumulation and protein glycation.
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  • Miseta A; Tökés-Füzesi M; Aiello DP; Bedwell DM
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  • 534
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  • 541
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  • 2
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