A yeast FRET biosensor enlightens cAMP signaling

Dennis Botman, Tom G. O'Toole, Joachim Goedhart, Frank J. Bruggeman, Johan H. van Heerden, Bas Teusink

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The cAMP-PKA signaling cascade in budding yeast regulates adaptation to changing environments. We developed yEPAC, a FRET-based biosensor for cAMP measurements in yeast. We used this sensor with flow cytometry for high-throughput single cell-level quantification during dynamic changes in response to sudden nutrient transitions. We found that the characteristic cAMP peak differentiates between different carbon source transitions and is rather homogenous among single cells, especially for transitions to glucose. The peaks are mediated by a combination of extracellular sensing and intracellular metabolism. Moreover, the cAMP peak follows the Weber-Fechner law; its height scales with the relative, and not the absolute, change in glucose. Last, our results suggest that the cAMP peak height conveys information about prospective growth rates. In conclusion, our yEPAC-sensor makes possible new avenues for understanding yeast physiology, signaling, and metabolic adaptation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1229-1240
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021

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