The regulation of signalling molecules in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae by inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatases

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Phosphoinositide signalling molecules regulate the actin cytoskeleton, secretion, vesicular trafficking and cell growth and death. We have identified, cloned and characterised a family of signal terminating enzymes called inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatases (5-phosphatases) that regulate phosphoinositide signalling molecules. We have cloned and characterised four distinct 5-phosphatases in the yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae and demonstrated by both deletion and overexpression studies that these enzymes regulate the actin cytoskeleton, endocytosis and secretion. This research proposal aims to investigate the signalling complexes the 5-phosphatases form with specific actin binding and or regulatory proteins, investigate the complex interactions of phosphoinositide lipid phosphatases and the roles they play in regulating secretion from the endoplasmic reticulum and finally characterize a novel 5-phosphatase that we have recently identified. Collectively the outcome of these studies will provide novel information about the functionallly significant signalling pathways regulated by this important enzyme family.''
Effective start/end date1/01/0331/12/05


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD255,000.00
  • Monash University