Incompatibility of Nuclear and Mitochondrial Genomes Causes Hybrid Sterility between Two Yeast Species

Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
Cell (Impact Factor: 33.12). 01/2009; 135(6):1065-73. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2008.10.047
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ABSTRACT Hybrids between species are usually unviable or sterile. One possible mechanism causing reproductive isolation is incompatibility between genes from different species. These "speciation" genes are interacting components that cannot function properly when mixed with alleles from other species. To test whether such genes exist in two closely related yeast species, we constructed hybrid lines in which one or two chromosomes were derived from Saccharomyces bayanus, and the rest were from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We found that the hybrid line with Chromosome 13 substitution was completely sterile and identified Aep2, a mitochondrial protein encoded on Chromosome 13, to cause the sporulation defect as S. bayanus AEP2 is incompatible with S. cerevisiae mitochondria. This is caused by the inability of S. bayanus Aep2 protein to regulate the translation of the S. cerevisiae OLI1 mRNA. We speculate that AEP2 and OLI1 have evolved during the adaptation of S. bayanus to nonfermentable carbon sources, thereby driving speciation.

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    • "Backcross studies on this species have revealed that hybrid breakdown can be attributed to the nuclear-mitochondrial interactions, raising the possibility that mitonuclear incompatibilities may represent an important mechanism of reproductive isolation and speciation (Burton and Barreto 2012). Mitonuclear mismatch also produced sterile hybrids between the yeast species Saccharomyces cerevisiae and S. bayanus (Lee et al. 2008), and hybrid breakdown between species of Nasonia wasps (Ellison et al. 2008), Drosophila (Sackton et al. 2003), centrarchid fishes (Bolnick et al. 2008) and several plant species (Bomblies 2010 and references therein). Studies on Drosophila that have manipulated nuclear and mitochondrial genetic variation have found that mitonuclear epistasis is an important force in shaping longevity variation (James and Ballard 2003; Rand et al. 2006; Maklakov et al. 2006; Ballard et al. 2007; Clancy 2008; Dowling et al. 2009). "
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