We show here that the YIL113w gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae encodes a functional protein phosphatase. Yil113p shows no activity in vitro towards either phosphorylated casein or myelin basic protein. However, Yil113p dephosphorylates activated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 2 MAP kinase indicating that it is a dual-specificity MAP kinase phosphatase. In support of this we find that Yil113p specifically interacts with the stress-activated Slt2/Mpk1p MAP kinase of S. cerevisiae. Furthermore, expression of Yil113p causes the dephosphorylation of Slt2/Mpk1p in vivo, while expression of an inactive mutant of Yil113p causes the accumulation of phosphorylated Slt2/Mpk1p. We conclude that the physiological target of YIL113p is Slt2/Mpk1p.
- Cell integrity
- Stress response