Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 112, Issue 12, pp 1775–1784 | Cite as

FSH1 overexpression triggers apoptosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

  • Ramachandran Gowsalya
  • Chidambaram Ravi
  • Mathivanan Arul
  • Vasanthi NachiappanEmail author
Original Paper


FSH1 belongs to the family of serine hydrolases in yeast and is homologous to the human ovarian tumor suppressor gene (OVAC2). Our preliminary results showed that cells lacking Fsh1p exhibit an increase in cell growth, and a decrease in the expression of AIF1 and NUC1 (apoptosis responsive genes) when compared to the wild type cells. Growth inhibition of cells overexpressing FSH1 is due to induction of cell death associated with cell death markers typical of mammalian apoptosis namely DNA fragmentation, phosphatidylserine externalization, ROS accumulation, Cytochrome c release, and altered mitochondrial membrane potential. When wild type cells were overexpressed with FSH1 there was up regulation of AIF1 level when compared to control cells suggesting that overexpression of FSH1 regulated cell death in yeast.


Apoptosis Cell death OVCA2 FSH 



Family of serine hydrolase

S. cerevisiae

Saccharomyces cerevisiae


Mitochondrial membrane potential



We thank Prof. Ram Rajasekharan (Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India) for providing yeast strains and reagents. We thank the infrastructure facilities from DST-FIST, Department of Biochemistry, Life Sciences & DST-PURSE facilities, of Bharathidasan University.

Author’s Contribution

VN and RG designed the experiments, RG, CR and MA performed the experiments.VN and RG wrote the manuscript. All the authors discussed the results and concluded the manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramachandran Gowsalya
    • 1
  • Chidambaram Ravi
    • 1
  • Mathivanan Arul
    • 1
  • Vasanthi Nachiappan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry, School of Life SciencesBharathidasan UniversityTiruchirappalliIndia

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