A synthetic genetic array screen for interactions with the RNA helicase DED1 during cell stress in budding yeast

Sara B. Carey, Hannah M. List, Ashwin Siby, Paolo Guerra, Timothy A. Bolger

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During cellular stress it is essential for cells to alter their gene expression to adapt and survive. Gene expression is regulated at multiple levels, but translation regulation is both a method for rapid changes to the proteome and, as one of the most energy-intensive cellular processes, a way to efficiently redirect cellular resources during stress conditions. Despite this ideal positioning, many of the specifics of how translation is regulated, positively or negatively, during various types of cellular stress remain poorly understood. To further assess this regulation, we examined the essential translation factor Ded1, an RNA helicase that has been previously shown to play important roles in the translational response to cellular stress. In particular, ded1 mutants display an increased resistance to growth inhibition and translation repression induced by the TOR pathway inhibitor, rapamycin, suggesting that normal stress responses are partially defective in these mutants. To gain further insight into Ded1 translational regulation during stress, synthetic genetic array analysis was conducted in the presence of rapamycin with a ded1 mutant and a library of nonessential genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to identify positive and negative genetic interactions in an unbiased manner. Here, we report the results of this screen and subsequent network mapping and Gene Ontology-term analysis. Hundreds of candidate interactions were identified, which fell into expected categories, such as ribosomal proteins and amino acid biosynthesis, as well as unexpected ones, including membrane trafficking, sporulation, and protein glycosylation. Therefore, these results provide several specific directions for further comprehensive studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberjkac296
JournalG3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • helicase
  • rapamycin
  • stress
  • translation
  • yeast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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