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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2004, Issue 3, Pages 150-155
Research article

A Simple Chemical Method for Rendering Wild-Type Yeast Permeable to Brefeldin A That Does Not Require the Presence of an erg6 Mutation

1Biochemistry Department, School of Medicine, Buenos Aires University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2Biotechnology Center, University of Colorado, CO 80309, USA

Received 10 September 2003; Revised 30 December 2003; Accepted 29 January 2004

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The present work aims to develop a growth medium to render a wild-type strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae permeable to the antifungal drug Brefeldin A. In the current study, a synthetic medium containing 0.1% L-proline and supplemented with 3.0×103% SDS is employed. When Brefeldin A is added to this medium, a wild-type strain shows increased growth sensitivity and a diminished transport of the amino acid L-leucine. Since Brefeldin A exerts its effect on the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus, the medium permits the study of the drug effect on the intracellular traffic of L-leucine permeases.