Genetic background affects relative nonsense mRNA accumulation in wild-type and upf mutant yeast strains

Bessie Kebaara, Tara Nazarenus, Rachel Taylor, Audrey L. Atkin

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The Saccharomyces cerevisiae nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) pathway targets mRNAs with premature stop codons and some wild-type mRNAs for accelerated decay. Upf1p, Upf2p and Upf3p are required for NMD. NMD-targeted mRNAs are degraded rapidly in wild-type cells and stabilized in upf1, upf2 or upf3 mutants. We report here that the relative CYH2 pre-mRNA/mRNA accumulation is enhanced in cells derived from a W303 background, compared with a variety of commonly used strains. The enhanced CYH2 pre-mRNA accumulation phenotype results from a larger difference in mRNA half-lives in the W303 strains than two previously used strains. This phenotype can be selected in crosses and is also seen in upf2 and upf3 mutants. These results suggest there are genes that influence the efficiency of NMD and that yeast strains derived from the W303 background may be useful for measurement of abundance and half-lives of low abundance, short-lived NMD substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-177
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Genetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2003



  • Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay
  • mRNA stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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