Phosphorylation-mediated regulation of the Nem1-Spo7/Pah1 phosphatase cascade in yeast lipid synthesis

Shoily Khondker, Gil Soo Han, George M. Carman

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The PAH1-encoded phosphatidate phosphatase, which catalyzes the dephosphorylation of phosphatidate to produce diacylglycerol, controls the divergence of phosphatidate into triacylglycerol synthesis and phospholipid synthesis. Pah1 is inactive in the cytosol as a phosphorylated form and becomes active on the nuclear/endoplasmic reticulum membrane as a dephosphorylated form by the Nem1-Spo7 protein phosphatase complex. The phosphorylation of Pah1 by protein kinases, which include casein kinases I and II, Pho85-Pho80, Cdc28-cyclin B, and protein kinases A and B, controls its cellular location, catalytic activity, and susceptibility to proteasomal degradation. Nem1 (catalytic subunit) and Spo7 (regulatory subunit), which form a protein phosphatase complex catalyzing the dephosphorylation of Pah1 for its activation, are phosphorylated by protein kinases A and C. In this review, we discuss the functions and interrelationships of the protein kinases in the control of the Nem1-Spo7/Pah1 phosphatase cascade and lipid synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100889
JournalAdvances in Biological Regulation
StatePublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


  • Diacylglycerol
  • Nem1-Spo7 protein phosphatase
  • Pah1 PA phosphatase
  • Phosphatidic acid
  • Phospholipid
  • Protein kinase
  • Triacylglycerol
  • Yeast


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