Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Saccharomyces cerevisiae vacuole inheritance requires two low molecular weight activities, LMA1 and LMA2. LMA1 is a heterodimer of thioredoxin and protease B inhibitor 2 (IB2). Here we show that the second low molecular weight activity (LMA2) is monomeric IB2. Though LMA2 / IB2 was initially identified as a protease B inhibitor, this protease inhibitor activity is not related to its ability to promote vacuole fusion: ( i ) Low M r protease B inhibitors cannot substitute for LMA1 or LMA2, ( ii ) LMA1 and LMA2 promote the fusionof vacuoles from a strain that has no protease B, ( iii ) low concentrations of LMA2 that fully inhibit protease B do not promote vacuole fusion, and ( iv ) LMA1, in which is complexed with thioredoxin,is far more active than LMA2 / IB2 in promoting vacuole fusion and far less active in inhibiting protease B. These studies establish a new function for IB2.
Slusarewicz, Paul; Zuoyu Xu; Kimberly Seefeld; Albert Haas; and Wickner, William T., "I2B is a Small Cytosolic Protein that Participates in Vacuole Fusion" (1997). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 2757.