SUMMARY: The role of hexokinase PII in mediating carbon catabolite derepression in yeast has been examined. Hexokinase isoenzyme PII (EC was partially degraded when protease inhibitors were omitted from the buffer used for preparation of cell-free extracts. The hexokinase PII inactivation induced by -xylose was correlated with derepression of maltase (EC in the wild-type strain G-517 and in D. 308.3, a strain that contains the cloned hexokinase PII gene on a multicopy plasmid. This inactivation was not correlated with the loss of hexokinase PII protein as assayed by immunoblotting. We conclude that during the derepression process there is no release of proteolytic peptides from hexokinase PII.


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