Hansenula Polymorpha Vac8: A Vacuolar Membrane Protein Required for Vacuole Inheritance and Nucleus-Vacuole Junction Formation


Saccharomyces cerevisiae Vac8 is a vacuolar membrane protein, which functions in vacuole inheritance and fusion, nucleus-vacuole junctions, autophagy and the cytoplasm-to-vacuole-targeting pathway. Here, we analyzed Vac8 of the yeast Hansenula polymorpha. We show that HpVac8 localizes to the vacuolar membrane and concentrates in patches at nucleus-vacuole junctions. Analysis of a VAC8 deletion strain indicated that HpVac8 is required for vacuole inheritance and the formation of nuclear-vacuole junctions, but not for vacuole fusion. Previously, organelle proteomics resulted in the identification of Vac8 in peroxisomal fractions isolated from H. polymorpha and S. cerevisiae. However, deletion of H. polymorpha VAC8 had no effect on peroxisome biogenesis or peroxisome-vacuole contact sites

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