• Saccharomyces cerevisiae;
  • Ribosomal protein gene;
  • Transcription activation;
  • Nutritional signalling;
  • Signal transduction

Abstract Switching Saccharomyces cerevisiae from non-fermentative to fermentative growth by adding glucose to a medium with glycerol as the sole carbon source, leads to a sudden increase in the rate of ribosomal protein gene transcription. By analyzing the nutritional shift response in a variety of yeast mutants and in the presence of different drugs, evidence was obtained that: (i) no de novo protein synthesis is required for this response; (ii) protein kinase A is essential, though independent of intracellular levels of cAMP, whereas protein kinase C is not involved; (iii) proper regulation of sugar phosphorylation is essential; (iv) glycolysis is required for the long term effect of the nutritional upshift; and (v) pathways leading to glucose-induced activation differ from those leading to gene repression, probably already at the level of glucose transport.