Genome sequencing and comparative analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain YJM789

Wu Wei, John H. McCusker, Richard W. Hyman, Ted Jones, Ye Ning, Zhiwei Cao, Zhenglong Gu, Dan Bruno, Molly Miranda, Michelle Nguyen, Julie Wilhelmy, Caridad Komp, Raquel Tamse, Xiaojing Wang, Peilin Jia, Philippe Luedi, Peter J. Oefner, Lior David, Fred S. Dietrich, Yixue LiRonald W. Davis, Lars M. Steinmetz

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We sequenced the genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain YJM789, which was derived from a yeast isolated from the lung of an AIDS patient with pneumonia. The strain is used for studies of fungal infections and quantitative genetics because of its extensive phenotypic differences to the laboratory reference strain, including growth at high temperature and deadly virulence in mouse models. Here we show that the ≈12-Mb genome of YJM789 contains ≈60,000 SNPs and ≈6,000 indels with respect to the reference S288c genome, leading to protein polymorphisms with a few known cases of phenotypic changes. Several ORFs are found to be unique to YJM789, some of which might have been acquired through horizontal transfer. Localized regions of high polymorphism density are scattered over the genome, in some cases spanning multiple ORFs and in others concentrated within single genes. The sequence of YJM789 contains clues to pathogenicity and spurs the development of more powerful approaches to dissecting the genetic basis of complex hereditary traits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12825-12830
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number31
StatePublished - Jul 31 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Comparative genomics
  • Genome architecture
  • Introgression
  • Lateral gene transfer

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  • General


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