Yeast TOR signaling: A mechanism for metabolic regulation

T. Powers, I. Dilova, C. Y. Chen, K. Wedaman

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Understanding how cell growth is regulated in response to environmental signals remains a challenging biological problem. Recent studies indicate the TOR (target of rapamycin) kinase acts within an intracellular regulatory network used by eukaryotic cells to regulate their growth according to nutrient availability. This network affects all aspects of gene expression, including transcription, translation, and protein stability, making TOR an excellent candidate as a global regulator of cellular activity. Here we review our recent studies of two specific transcriptional outputs controlled by TOR in the budding yeast, S. cerevisiae: (1) positive regulation of genes involved in ribosome biogenesis, and (2) negative regulation of genes required for de novo biosynthesis of glutamate and glutamine. These studies have raised the important issue as to how diverse nutritional cues can pass through a common signaling pathway and yet ultimately generate distinct transcriptional responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-51
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology


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