New & Noteworthy

SGD Newsletter, Summer 2023

June 22, 2023

About this newsletter:
This is the Summer 2023 issue of the SGD newsletter. The goal of this newsletter is to inform our users about new features in SGD and to foster communication within the yeast community. You can view this newsletter as well as previous newsletters, on the SGD Community Wiki .


Biochemical Pathways added to SGD Search


Biochemical pathways have been added to SGD search in order to facilitate easy access to metabolic yeast pathway pages at YeastPathways .

YeastPathways is a database of metabolic pathways and enzymes in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae . YeastPathways content is manually curated and maintained by the curation team at SGD, your model organism database for budding yeast. Check it out! 👀

Manual curation of pathways is an ongoing process at SGD. We welcome feedback from the research community. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

GENETICS Knowledgebase and Database Resources


The May 2023 issue of GENETICS features the second annual collection of Model Organism Database articles.

Scientists from Alliance of Genome Resources member groups SGD RGD ZFIN Gene Ontology , and Xenbase have provided updates on recent activities and innovations.

Be sure to browse the issue and get acquainted with these excellent Knowledgebase and Database Resource papers at GENETICS.

SGD designated “Global Core Biodata Resource”


We are proud that SGD has been included in the first list of Global Core Biodata Resources (GCBRs) announced last December by the Global Biodata Coalition (GBC)! This collection of 37 resources comprises deposition databases which archive and preserve primary research data, and knowledgebases, such as SGD, that add value to research data through expert curation and annotation. The list is meant to highlight those data resources whose long term funding and sustainability is critical to life science and biomedical research worldwide.

GCBRs represent the most crucial resources within the global life science data community. SGD’s selection as a key global data resource recognizes that SGD is essential to the global research endeavor.

For more information regarding the Global Biodata Coalition, including a link to the full list of selected core biodata resources, please see the full press release from the GBC.

2D RNA structures from RNAcentral


SGD recently updated our RNA pages to add secondary structures provided by RNAcentral and generated by R2DT .

Thumbnails and linkouts to RNAcentral via RNAcentral IDs are shown on the Summary and Sequence pages. Interactive secondary structure viewers are available on the Sequence pages.

Take the pages for a spin! For more information about the structures, please see the Help page at RNAcentral.

CoSMoS.c. – Conserved Sequence Motif in Saccharomyces cerevisiae


The new website CoSMoS.c. – Conserved Sequence Motif in Saccharomyces cerevisiae – may be of interest to investigators who study protein modifications in budding yeast. The new web-based search algorithm scores conservation of amino acid sequences based on whole-genome sequencing of 1000+ wild and domesticated yeast isolates.

In the recent publication describing the method , Li and Dohlman examined each of the 550 pairs of duplicated genes in S. cerevisiae , integrating 38,000+ documented post-translational modifications (PTMs), and 30,000+ reported interactions between protein kinases and substrates (all obtained from SGD !). More than 3,500 instances were identified where only one of two paralogous proteins undergoes a PTM despite having retained the same amino acid residue in both. Li and Dohlman found that the most common modifications – phosphorylation, ubiquitylation and acylation, but not N-glycosylation – occur in regions of high sequence conservation. The analysis indicates that differences in PTMs may be an important source of protein neo- or sub-functionalization, and that such differences likely account for the retention of closely related enzymes throughout evolution.

You can find links to CoSMoS.c. at the bottom of your favorite protein page at SGD, in the Resources section under Post-translational Modifications.

microPublications – latest yeast papers


​microPublication Biology is part of the emerging genre of rapidly-published research communications. We are seeing a strong set of microPublications come through the database and are glad for this venue to publish brief, novel findings, negative and/or reproduced results, and results which may initially lack a broader scientific narrative. Each article is peer-reviewed, assigned a DOI, and indexed through PubMed and PubMedCentral.

Consider microPubublications when you have a result that doesn’t necessarily fit into a larger story, but will be of value to others.

Latest yeast microPublications:

  • Daraghmi MM, et al. (2023) Macro-ER-phagy receptors Atg39p and Atg40p confer resistance to aminoglycoside hygromycin B in S. cerevisiae. MicroPubl Biol 2023
  • Domeni Zali G and Moriel-Carretero M (2023) Auxin alone provokes retention of ASH1 mRNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae mother cells. MicroPubl Biol 2023
  • Hiestand L, et al. (2023) Chemical Genetics Screen of EVP4593 Sensitivity in Budding Yeast Identifies Effects on Mitochondrial Structure and Function. MicroPubl Biol 2023
  • Liu L, et al. (2023) A role for ion homeostasis in yeast ionic liquid tolerance. MicroPubl Biol 2023
  • Longan ER, et al. (2023) ADATscan – A flexible tool for scanning exomes for wobble inosine-dependent codons reveals a neurological bias for genes enriched in such codons in humans and mice. MicroPubl Biol 2023
  • Miles S, et al. (2023) BY4741 cannot enter quiescence from rich medium. MicroPubl Biol 2023
  • Moresi NG, et al. (2023) Caffeine-tolerant mutations selected through an at-home yeast experimental evolution teaching lab. MicroPubl Biol 2023
  • Shortt C, et al. (2023) A simple and accessible CRISPR genome editing laboratory exercise using yeast. MicroPubl Biol 2023

All yeast microPublications can be found in SGD .

Alliance of Genome Resources – Releases 5.3 & 5.4

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The Alliance of Genome Resources , a collaborative effort from SGD and other model organism databases (MOD), released version 5.3 last October and version 5.4 this past April.

Version 5.3 saw the addition of Xenopus data from Xenbase. These amphibians are an important tetrapod model, spanning the evolutionary gap between the mammalian (human, mouse, and rat) and zebrafish data already included in the Alliance. Xenopus have long been used in developmental and cell biology, and two species are widely studied. The African clawed frog, X. laevis is an allotetraploid (2n = 36) of hybrid origin. The resulting X. laevis genome has a set of ‘long’ and ‘short’ chromosomes and gene symbols are therefore appended with ‘.L’ or ‘.S’ denoting on which chromosome pair they reside. The second Xenopus species, the Western clawed frog X. tropicalis , is a conventional diploid (2n=20), and is increasingly used in human disease modeling.

Data for both Xenopus species are organized on individual gene pages that feature data such as gene descriptions, orthology to human and other species, disease associations for orthologs, an expression ribbon view, and a Sequence Feature Viewer.

Version 5.4 provides new Alliance SimpleMine and Facebook URLs:

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