The ACR2 gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was disrupted by insertion of a HIS3 gene. Cells with the disruption were sensitive to arsenate. This phenotype could be complemented by ACR2 on a plasmid. The ACR2 gene was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli as a malE gene fusion with a C-terminal histidine tag. The combination of chimeric MBP-Acr2-6H protein and yeast cytosol from an ACR2-disrupted strain exhibited arsenate reductase activity.