Biosynthesis of inositol phosphoceramides and remodeling of glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchors in Saccharomyces cerevisiae are mediated by different enzymes

Fulvio Reggiori, A Conzelmann

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Metabolic labeling of cells with [3H]dihydrosphingosine ([3H]DHS) allows us to follow the incorporation of this tracer into ceramides (Cer), inositol phosphoceramides (IPCs), and mannosylated IPCs and at the same time to assess the remodeling of glycosylphosphatidylinositol proteins during which preexisting anchor lipid moieties are replaced by [3H]Cer-containing anchors. The results indicate that the remodelases in the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi use as their substrate Cers that are not generated by the breakdown of IPCs but are newly synthesized. Aureobasidin A, an inhibitor of the IPC synthase Aur1p completely blocks IPC biosynthesis at 0.5 micrograms/ml but does not block remodeling of glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchors even at concentrations up to 10 micrograms/ml. In addition, a synthetic Cer analogue, N-hexanoyl-[3H]DHS, is used as a substrate by Aur1p but not by the remodelases. Thus, remodeling is not mediated by Aur1p although remodeling presumably proceeds by an analogous reaction. Studies with secretion mutants deficient in COPII or COPI coat proteins show that all COPII mutants are unable to introduce [3H]Cer by the Golgi remodelase at the restrictive temperature. This suggests that Cer has to be transported by a COPII-dependent way from the endoplasmic reticulum to Golgi for Golgi remodeling to occur. Golgi remodeling is also not operating in the erd2 mutant and is significantly reduced in COPI mutants, suggesting a dependence of Golgi remodeling on retrotransport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30550-9
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 13-Nov-1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Ceramides
  • Coatomer Protein
  • Depsipeptides
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Glycosphingolipids
  • Glycosylphosphatidylinositols
  • Golgi Apparatus
  • Hexosyltransferases
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Models, Chemical
  • Peptides, Cyclic
  • Phosphoproteins
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor)
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Sphingosine
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins

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