A simple method for generation of yeast conditional mutants by use of the auxin-inducible degron technology

Molecular Function Laboratory • Kanemaki Group

Rapid Depletion of Budding Yeast Proteins via the Fusion of an Auxin-Inducible Degron (AID)

Kohei Nishimura and Masato T. Kanemaki Current Protocols in Cell Biology, 64, 20.9.1-20.9.16, 2014; DOI:10.1002/0471143030.cb2009s64

Budding yeast has been an important eukaryotic model organism because there have been many genetic technologies available. In the yeast research field, temperature-sensitive (ts) mutants have been generated in order to inactivate a target protein conditionally. Although ts-mutants have been useful, there are problems as well; a drastic temperature shift causes heat-shock responses and there are some cases in which a target protein is not inactivated in a short period of time. To overcome these problems, we transplanted a plant-specific degradation pathway controlled by the plant hormone auxin to budding yeast and, in such yeast cells, a protein of interest can be degraded upon addition of auxin. We named this technology as the auxin-inducible degron (AID) system (Nishimura et al, Nature Methods, 2009) and subsequently improved it by making efficient degron cassettes (Kubota et al. Molecular Cell, 2013). The AID technology is getting popular in the filed of yeast studies. In this paper, we described a detailed protocol for generation of budding yeast AID mutants by one transformation. All plasmids and yeast strains required for the experiment are available from NBRP (http://yeast.lab.nig.ac.jp/nig/index_en.html). We hope that this protocol would help your study in the future.


(A) Schematic illustration showing the mechanism of the auxin-dependent degradation of a degron-fused protein. (B) Schematic illustration showing the protocol for generation of AID mutants.

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