Martin C. Schmidt, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Schmidt


Fax: 412-624-1401

521 Bridgeside Point II

450 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219-3143


PhD in Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Research Summary

Our recent studies have focused on the Snf1 kinase of yeast. The mammalian homologue of Snf1 is the AMP-activated protein kinase, an important therapeutic target for type II diabetes. Biochemical and genetic experiments have shown that Snf1 kinase is regulated by phosphorylation of the conserved threonine residue in the kinase activation loop. We have developed a phosphopeptide antibody that specifically recognizes the phosphorylated (active) form of Snf1 kinase. We have used the antibody to demonstrate that Snf1 is activated by three distinct upstream kinases called Sak1, Tos3 and Elm1. We would like to determine the mechanism by which glucose abundance determines the phosphorylation status of the Snf1 activation loop. Our most recent work has shown that the Snf1-activating kinases are not themselves regulated by glucose. Instead, it is the DEphosphorylation of the Snf1 activation loop that responds to changes in glucose abundance. Future studies will focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating the dephosphorylation reaction.

The long term goal of the lab is to identify all the components of the glucose signaling pathway in yeast and to understand how they interact in order to regulate gene expression and cellular metabolism. These studies will provide a better understanding of glucose-mediated regulation of cellular metabolism and have important implications for designing novel treatments for patients with diabetes.


Research Lab Affiliation


O'Donnell AF, McCartney RR, Chandrashekarappa DG, Zhang BB, Thorner J, Schmidt MC. (2015) 2-Deoxyglucose Impairs Saccharomyces cerevisiae Growth by Stimulating Snf1-Regulated and alpha-Arrestin-Mediated Trafficking of Hexose Transporters 1 and 3. Mol Cell Biol. 35:939-55. |  View Abstract

McCartney RR, Chandrashekarappa DG, Zhang BB, Schmidt MC. (2014) Genetic analysis of resistance and sensitivity to 2-deoxyglucose in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Genetics. 198:635-46. |  View Abstract

Chandrashekarappa, D. G; McCartney, R. R; and Schmidt, M. C. (2013) Ligand binding to the AMP-activated protein kinase active site mediates protection of the activation loop from dephosphorylation. J Biol Chem. 288: 89-98. |  View Abstract

Chandrashekarappa, D. G; McCartney, R. R; and Schmidt, M. C. (2011) Subunit and domain requirements for adenylate-mediated protection of Snf1 activation loop from dephosphorylation. J Biol Chem. 286: 44532-44541. |  View Abstract

Mayer, F. V; Heath, R; Underwood, E; Sanders, M. J; Carmena, D; McCartney, R. R; Leiper, F. C; Xiao, B; Jing, C; Walker, P. A; Haire, L. F; Ogrodowicz, R; Martin, S. R; Schmidt, M. C; Gamblin, S. J; and Carling, D. (2011) ADP regulates SNF1, the Saccharomyces cerevisiae homologue of AMP-activated protein kinase. Cell Metab. 14: 707-714. |  View Abstract

Zhang, Y; McCartney, R. R; Chandrashekarappa, D. G; Mangat, S; and Schmidt, M. C. (2011) Reg1 protein regulates phosphorylation all three Snf1 isoforms but preferentially associates with the Gal83 isoform. Eukaryotic Cell. 10: 1628-1636. |  View Abstract

Rubenstein, E. M; McCartney, R. R; Zhang, C; Shokat, K. M; Shirra, M. K; Arndt, K. M; and Schmidt, M. C. (2008 ) Access Denied: Snf1 Activation Loop Phosphorylation is Controlled by Availability of the Phosphorylated Threonine 210 to the PP1 Phosphatase. J Biol Chem. 283: 222-230. |  View Abstract