Yeast Sec14p deficient in phosphatidylinositol transfer activity is functional in vivo. Academic Article uri icon


  • Yeast phosphatidylinositol transfer protein (Sec14p) is essential for Golgi secretory function. It is widely accepted, though unproven, that phosphatidylinositol transfer between membranes represents the physiological activity of phosphatidylinositol transfer proteins (PITPs). We report that Sec14pK66,239A is inactivated for phosphatidylinositol, but not phosphatidylcholine (PC), transfer activity. As expected, Sec14pK66,239A fails to meet established criteria for a PITP in vitro and fails to stimulate phosphoinositide production in vivo. However, its expression efficiently rescues the lethality and Golgi secretory defects associated with sec14-1ts and sec14 null mutations. This complementation requires neither phospholipase D activation nor the involvement of a novel class of minor yeast PITPs. These findings indicate that PI binding/transfer is remarkably dispensable for Sec14p function in vivo.

published proceedings

  • Mol Cell

author list (cited authors)

  • Phillips, S. E., Sha, B., Topalof, L., Xie, Z., Alb, J. G., Klenchin, V. A., ... Bankaitis, V. A.

citation count

  • 120

complete list of authors

  • Phillips, SE||Sha, B||Topalof, L||Xie, Z||Alb, JG||Klenchin, VA||Swigart, P||Cockcroft, S||Martin, TF||Luo, M||Bankaitis, VA

publication date

  • January 1999